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Did it take too long? The vaccine could prevent malaria spreading and save thousands of lives. But it has taken more than 100 years to make.
Latif Ndeketa is a doctor from MalawiA country in southeastern Africa with a GDP per capita of just 5.29.. When he was growing up, he had an illness called malaria. Millions of people get it each year. Lots of people die from it.
But now, Latif is celebrating. He has been making a vaccine and it has been approved.
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Malaria is carried by mosquitoes. Every year, it kills 400,000 people.
Experts have been fighting malaria for more than 100 years. They have made drugs. And mosquito nets help stop bites.
The new vaccine could do a much better job of keeping people safe.
But some say we could have made it sooner.
Did it take too long?
Some say no. This is a difficult job. We have to do it carefully. There must be lots of tests. We want to keep people safe as well as protect them!
Others say yes. We have the science to make the vaccine. It only took a long time because rich countries are safe. They did not have a big reason to fight malaria!
Malawi – A country in southeastern Africa with a GDP per capita of just $625.29.
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