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WHO recommends use of first malaria vaccine for children

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Let's hope the vaccine works. So far, the way malaria was trying to be controlled was by limiting the carrier of the parasite, namely, various Anopheles mosquito species (A. gambiae, in particular), often through pesticide use. The normally suggested bed netting, long sleeve shirt and long pants, etc., only go so far. Not to mention that long pants and shirts are very uncomfortable in the tropical areas where malaria is found, so shorts and short sleeve shirts are usually worn.

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Mosquito-borne diseases are a huge burden for most tropical countries, countless of deaths, people left unable to take care of themselves or with a reduced physical ability for life are common. This is a huge advancement even if obviously will not completely solve the problem. Hopefully science will someday control Malaria with vaccines in the same way it has controlled viral diseases like Yellow Fever.

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'The Fever : How Malaria has ruled humankind for 500000 years' by Sonia Shah is a good read on malaria's impact and how the disease has always been one step ahead of mankind.

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After so many decades and scores of millions of children's life, is this the very first time a vaccine for malaria has been found effective and thus approved by WHO?

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This article mentions a 75% efficacy rate, but an article on another website said it has a 30% efficacy rate, but was still being recommended for use.

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This article mentions a 75% efficacy rate, but an article on another website said it has a 30% efficacy rate, but was still being recommended for use.

The 75% is for a different vaccine (the R21) tested in a smaller group, this one is has an effcacy between 30 and 50% according to how you define the populations (lower if you include children that had even one dose of the vaccine, higher if you only include those fully vaccinated).

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