Piece that nicely lays out the costs to obtaining current medical literature, and the fact that they are prohibitive.
Intriguing prospect for genengineered morphine, which in turns raises the thought of any of a range of drugs being made in such a fashion. Depending on how robust the yeast end up being, this could be a potential disruptor technology, like cellphones.
This chart does indeed do a good job explaining why (in part) the WHO lacks the ability to mandate global health norms, despite having a unique authority within the landscape. Not discussed but also involved are a financial structure that allows donors to earmark funding (such that much of the WHO funding is earmarked and not subject to allotment as needed) and a political structure that provides little power to the central office to hire (or fire) staff in the regional offices.