Vaccine Breakthrough

A new rotavirus vaccine succeeded in a large trial in Niger, offering hope for a new preventive against the diarrheal disease that kills 215,000 children under 5 every year.
New England Journal of Medicine article about the trial, which involved 3,500 children, found that the vaccine, which can last for months without refrigeration, to be 67% effective in preventing severe episodes of diarrhea.
The Quote: “Would we want a perfect vaccine? Definitely — and I also want a pony. But a vaccine that prevents two-thirds of the deaths and hospitalizations that rotavirus causes is definitely worth considering,” said Rebecca F. Grais, who led the trial for Médecins Sans Frontières.
Source: The New York Times

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