777236ER - You say the US does not spend much on foreign aid, compared to other advanced countries. Notes I found on a PSU class site, dating from 1999 (yes a little out of date, but there were all I could find) show that only Japan spends more money on humanitarian aid.
The top five:
Country Total aid ($ Millions) As % of GNP Per capita ($)
Japan 9,358 0.2 79
United States 6,878 0.1 30
France 6,307 0.5 125
Germany 5,857 0.3 87
United Kingdom 3,433 0.3 55
(I can't seem to get the spacing right, but where there are spaces are where the categories change.)
The US does not spend as much as other nations if you compare what they spend to the GNP, but in pure dollars, the US spends quite a lot.
These companies spend billions of dollars and many years researching drugs, and then some of you expect that they sell them at a loss. Maybe in the USSR
that could work, but in a capitalist society, that does not fly. And, if you tried to get these advances in a society where stuff was sold at a loss, it would never happen because there are not enough ideas floating around. There is plenty of aid going to Africa and other places, it just needs to be given to those who need it.