Monday's HOT MIC
The BBC reports that the world's first malaria vaccine will be introduced in Ghana, Malawi, and Kenya in 2018. Unfortunately, the protocol calls for the vaccine to be given once a month for three months and then a fourth dose 18 months later, which may not be feasible in poverty-stricken regions. While the Wold Health Organization estimates that it may save tens of thousands of lives every year, the benefits of the vaccine fall off quickly if the critical fourth dose isn't administered.
Dr Seth Berkley, the chief executive of Gavi, said: "The world's first malaria vaccine is a real achievement that has been 30 years in the making.
"Today's announcement marks an important step towards potentially making it available on a global scale.
"Malaria places a terrible burden on many of the world's poorest countries, claiming thousands of lives and holding back economies.
"These pilots are crucial to determining the impact this vaccine could have on reducing this toll."
You know what else is known to eradicate malaria? DDT. But environmentalists are too busy fooling around with their boutique eco-friendly solutions (which basically amount to handing people mosquito nets and wishing them good luck) than actually killing the deadly malaria-carrying mosquitos. Meanwhile, malaria kills nearly half a million people every year.