Clinton Boosts Efforts to Fight Malaria, GOP

Ex-president outlines foundation's drug deal, says he'll help Obama
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2008 5:00 PM CDT
Bill Clinton, right, carries a young girl as he and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. visit with Hurricane Katrina evacuees.   (AP Photo/Richard Carson, File)
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(Newser) – Bill Clinton's philanthropic foundation has struck a deal to keep a lid on the price of anti-malaria drugs, the AP reports. The former president today outlined a plan that would help limit wild fluctuation in the market for artemisinin, an extract key to treating malaria, which sickens 500 million a year. Six suppliers, and the UN, are on board, and Clinton hopes for more.

Also at the press conference, Clinton said he was ready to campaign for Barack Obama “whenever he wanted me”—and that he’d do “whatever I’m asked to do.” He re-iterated that he’d had a “good talk” with the Democratic nominee-apparent, and said he’d given no thought to speaking at the party convention next month.