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How much time needed to vaccinate the world against malaria?

December 9, 2013 - 04:08 -- Andy Graham

The polio vaccination was discovered in 1952, announced to world in 1955. A global effort to eradicate polio, led by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and The Rotary Foundation, began in 1988. Using today, December 9, 2013 as a starting point, how long would it take to eradicate malaria worldwide?


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Does Israel’s New Polio Outbreak Threaten Global Eradication Efforts?

By Dina Fine Maron | Thursday, August 22, 2013 | 15

Public health advocates have long set their sights on wiping out polio worldwide, but recent resurgences of the pernicious disease raise questions about its future eradication.

Several months ago a wild strain of the virus surfaced in a sewer system in Rahat in southern Israel, and now it has reportedly been detected throughout the country. Israel’s government this week launched a nationwide vaccination campaign, attempting to inoculate all children under nine years of age with oral polio vaccine (OPV), a form of the vaccine containing a live, weakened form of the virus. Most of these children were already vaccinated as babies with inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), otherwise known as the dead-virus vaccine. But people who were injected with IPV can still be healthy carriers of the disease and shed the virus in feces.

Scientific American spoke with Bruce Aylward, assistant director general for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization, to find out more about the situation in Israel and how recent events there are affecting global efforts to wipe out the disease.

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Submitted by Ingeborg van Schayk on

Dear Andy, currently there is no vaccine against malaria. There are several developments in vaccine development and in a couple of years time we may have a vaccine that protects certain age groups to some extent for some time. I believe, that such a vaccine would be helpful if integrated with other tools and strategies.

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Submitted by William Jobin on

Dear Inga,

Thank you for your thoughtful and careful reply about the candidate vaccines which are floating around.

Incidentally, we missed you in Jerusalem. You can be proud of Bart however, who managed to keep us all focussed on the prize, and even managed to navigate the many storms occuring inside and outside the conference.

After much thought, I think we should adopt the policy to use a vaccine as soon as a practical and cost-effective one becomes available. Cost is important, as I noticed that Glaxo - mentioned that use of their latest vaccine would cost trillions of dollars, because it would have to be given over and over again. We await a vaccine that has practical value in a public health campaign.

Bill, still waiting after 40 years

William Jobin Director of Blue Nile Associates