The World Health Organisation on Wednesday approved the world’s first malaria vaccine. It is being regarded by the international scientific and policy-making community as the ‘silver bullet’ in the fight against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year, most of them children. It is to the eternal credit of routinely demonised ‘big pharma’ ~ the vaccine was first made by GSK in 1987 ~ that it waited patiently for the decision by a panel of WHO experts which gave its nod to the broad use of the vaccine after an exhaustive review of a two-year pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi during which more than two million doses were administered. (Read More)
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