Activists in New York protest price of pneumonia vaccine

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NEW YORK (AP) — Doctors Without Borders has held a protest in New York City against the price of a pneumonia vaccine.

Advocates especially want cheaper versions to be available in poor countries and for humanitarian groups.

About 70 people silently placed 2,500 flowers in an empty crib outside Pfizer's headquarters Wednesday. It symbolized the number of children who die from pneumonia every day.

The crib was inscribed with the names of over 370,000 people who had signed a petition for Pfizer and London-based GlaxoSmithKline to lower their vaccine price from $10 per child to $5.

Doctors Without Borders says Pfizer had $6 billion in sales of its pneumonia vaccine last year. The protest came a day before the drug company's shareholders meeting.

A message left with Pfizer's media relations office wasn't immediately returned.