Who will pay for malaria vaccine?


Malaria is a mass killer, taking just under 800,000 lives a year. Most of them are babies and children under five. A significant number are pregnant women. It is an entirely preventable disease, caused by a parasite transmitted by mosquito bite, but the millions who live under its curse are too poor and have too few options to be able to avoid it.

The malaria vaccine [See: “Malaria vaccine partly effective” — ‘Science & Technology' page, October 20, 2011] that now appears to be within reach, following successful large-scale trials in seven African countries, is a potential game changer for the rural villagers whose children are the main victims of this ancient disease, which was named “mal'aria” for the bad air mediaeval Italians thought caused it.

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Source: The Hindu

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