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Malaria Vaccination

Old Nov 6th 2011, 12:05 am
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I hesitate to start this thread but:

Can anyone possibly object to this?

Millions of children's lives could be saved by a new vaccine shown to halve the risk of malaria in the first large-scale trials across seven African countries.

The long-awaited results of the largest-ever malaria vaccine study, involving 15,460 babies and small children, show that it could massively reduce the impact of the much-feared killer disease. Malaria takes nearly 800,000 lives a year – mostly children under five. It damages many more.

The vaccine has been in development for two decades – the brainchild of scientists at the UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline, which has promised to sell it at no more than a fraction over cost-price, with the excess being ploughed back into further tropical disease research.
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Old Nov 6th 2011, 1:05 am
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I do hope that it is implemented, what a wonderful step for youngsters in such impoverished countries.
I say hope it works because pharmaceutical companies are not known for being altruistic.

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Old Nov 6th 2011, 4:44 am
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That really is good news!

A very good friend of ours contacted Malaria many years ago when he was doing his national service in Malaysia, he still has occasions today when he is quite ill because of it.

Many of those children are not so lucky....they die, anything that can save them must be a good thing!
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Old Nov 6th 2011, 5:01 am
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This is a great idea. I think I am correct in saying that malaria is the single biggest killer of human beings on the planet.

What is particularly annoying was the stamping out of DDT. It had been grossly overused, and sprayed into the environment whoich was madness, but it should never have been banned outright.

In Africa, it had a massive role in educing malaria. All you had to do was spray it onto the internal wall surfaces. Once sprayed on, the DD is a semi permanent coating, needing to be redone every so often. It doesn't get washed off into the environment because it is indoors, and it exploits the mosquitos' habit of entering the building during the day and roosting on the walls. As soon as they settle they die.
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