The world's first malaria vaccine is on track to be approved by 2015, paving the way for its use by 2016. "It's on that trajectory, and the plan is to file with the European Medicines Agency in 2014," says David Kaslow, VP of product development at the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, which supported development of the vaccine.
This is super duper awesome news but I can't help but wonder what it will mean for the global population as a result. 700,000 people not dying every year in countries that aren't exactly overflowing with resources as it is...
Hmm. I'm not trying to be a Negative Nancy. Having suffered from malaria in the past I am in totally in favour of the parasite being rudely ejected from the building, I just wonder if this means that instead of facing death by crippling disease these people (children mostly) instead face death by famine. Then again, there will be 200, 000, 000 people who can contribute to resource generation instead of rolling around feverishly in bed.
Maybe it all balances out?