Global & Disaster Medicine

A new vaccine against rotavirus (kills about 600 children a day) worked well in a large trial in Africa and appears to be a practical way to protect millions of children.

NY Times

  • The vaccine is expected to be as cheap as or cheaper than current alternatives.
  • It can last for months without refrigeration, which makes it far easier to use in remote villages with no electricity
  • It must be approved by the World Health Organization before it can be widely distributed
  • About 215,000 children under 5 die each year of rotavirus, almost half of them in just four countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo

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