To a technical community accustomed to other vaccines that routinely provide 80%, 90%, or even 95% protection, the new potential Malaria vaccine's level of protective efficacy is considered almost disappointing.
The power of vaccines is evident around the world, but nowhere will it be more so than in the over 30 developing countries that will begin -- for the first time -- to immunize their children with new rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines.
With the continued generosity of donors and the commitment of developing countries to reach every child, everywhere, the world will reach the point where the circumstances of a child's birth have nothing to do with whether he or she gets lifesaving vaccines.
Now that several vaccine manufacturers are offering their vaccines at much lower costs, GAVI Alliance will be able to roll out the rotavirus vaccine, as well as other vaccines, for the first time ever in many of the poorest countries.
Each year about 8.8 million children in developing countries die from mostly preventable and treatable conditions. Nearly 40 percent of those deaths are from two common diseases: pneumonia and diarrhea.
Diphtheria. Measles. Whooping cough. Polio. If you think these diseases belonged to your parents and grandparents and not to our generation, you may be surprised to hear that they are making a comeback.
According to Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, budget cuts proposed by the House would "lead to 70,000 kids dying" by scaling back on things like malaria and immunization programs.
The rewards of a career in public health are infrequent and often hard to see. In clinical medicine, doctors and nurses have the benefit of experiencing the impact they have on people's lives on a daily basis.
Only in its second year, it seems like World Pneumonia Day might be moving from spark to blaze -- engaging governments, child health organizations and advocates in an effort to spotlight the leading killer of children.
If you were a Minister of Health in Africa with less than $10 per person to spend on all health care, would you be able to justify $100 per dose for a vaccine, no matter how staggering the disease impact?