Is this supposed to be his legacy? Saving Africans from malaria with a vaccine? (You know, instead of causing tens of thousands of Indian children to get non-polio paralysis with botched polio vaccines in a country where polio has supposedly been eradicated anyway?)
If so, Bill and his billions are doing a pretty crappy job at it.
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the vaccine to be only four percent effective in children over the age of seven.
The protection provided by the world’s first malaria vaccine all but disappears after seven years, according to anew study. A phase-two clinical trial of Mosquirix (RTS,S) in Kenya showed just 4 percent effectiveness in children older than 7 years. With an already relatively low rate of malaria prevention, this is another setbackfor GlaxoSmithKline, the developer of the vaccine.
Then again, in Bill’s own words, a really effective vaccine will help lower the world’s population by 10 or 15 percent:
Gates: First, we’ve got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about nine billion. Now, if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by, perhaps, 10 or 15 percent, but there we see an increase of about 1.3.
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