Zacharia Kafuko

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Mothers participate in a vaccine pilot program in Gisambai, Kenya, on March 7. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images)

Right now, enough material to make 20 million doses of a lifesaving malaria vaccine is sitting on a shelf in India, expected to go unused until mid-2024. Extrapolating from estimates by researchers at Imperial College London, these doses—enough for 5 million children—could save more than 31,000 lives, at a cost of a little more than $3,000 per life. But current plans by the World Health Organization to distribute the vaccine are unclear and have been criticized as lacking urgency.

Growing up in rural Zambia, I was infected with malaria multiple times. The worst case was when I was in primary school in the year 2000.…  Seguir leyendo »