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Infectious disease

October 13, 2021

Not long past, even in the richer parts of the world, most people died from infectious disease. The Smithsonian has a good article on the battle against diptheria.

Malaria still kills a half million people every year. So it is great news that GlaxoSmithKline has made the first vaccine that may make some headway against it. Some reading that article may worry that the vaccine is only 50% effective. If it remains that effective, it will save millions of lives. We in the developed world have become so accustomed to vaccines with very high efficacy that we forget what progress was made in other times and places with more basic tools. 

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