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New rule on vaccine to help fight meningitis in remotest Africa

New rule on vaccine to help fight meningitis in remotest Africa | Health Studies Updates | Scoop.it
A cheap meningitis vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in Africa was ruled safe to use after several days without refrigeration on Wednesday, allowing health workers to get it to people in more remote parts.

Epidemics of meningitis A occur every seven to 14 years in Africa's "meningitis belt", a band of 26 countries stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia, and are particularly devastating to children and young adults.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) ruling, that vaccine MenAfriVac is safe to use for up to four days at up to 40 degrees Celsius, will save money spent on expensive "cold chain" systems in the final miles of delivery, said Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which helped fund the vaccine's development.

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New malaria vaccine target found

New malaria vaccine target found | Health Studies Updates | Scoop.it
Researchers have made a major breakthrough in the fight against malaria by finding a protein of the disease that a vaccine could target.

“A vaccine against malaria is urgently needed to reduce this disease globally and currently there is no licensed malaria vaccine available.”

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