A new kind of malaria vaccine has proved to give 100 percent protection from the disease. The sample group received 5 doses over 20 weeks, making it expensive and difficult to administer, especially for the areas of the world that suffer the most from the disease.
“This is a scientific advance rather than a practical one,” said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbulit University, “But any vaccine that provides even a glimmer of hope opens a door, so we have to pursue it.”
The disease kills more than 660,000 people every year, most of them children and pregnant women. (via NYT)
Fresh Air interviewed journalist Sonia Shah who wrote a social history of the disease called “The Fever: How Malaria Has Rules Humankind for 500,000 Years.”
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