Wow! I recently heard a speech by Dr. William H. Foege, a world renowned epidemiologist who was key to the campaign that basically has eradicated smallpox (of course, with the exception of in Afghanistan and a few other war-torn areas), among other incredibly notable achievements. In his speech, Dr. Foege claimed that there would be an anti-malarial vaccine produced within the next 2-3 years, which is astonishing news from a very credible source.
This morning's news brings the announcement that the military, USAID and a not-for-profit called IDRI are collaborating to produce an anti-malarial vaccine. It's an incredible story, and if the effort is successful, the world will be changed. Here's the press release URL: http://m.prnewswire.com/news-releases/idri-usaid-strike-new-collaboration-for-malaria-vaccine-development-127868588.html.
I'm (slowly) writing a piece about the military's role in global health, and this kind of activity illustrates the real contributions that the U.S. government, writ large, can make. I hope it is successful!
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