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Massive malaria vaccine trial to begin in Africa

An article in the Washington Post reports that a huge vaccine trial is set to begin in Africa. The trial will include about 16,000 children to test a vaccine for a disease that kills around 1 million people each year.

As the article states, Malaria is caused by parasites and is spread by mosquitos. Preliminary trials show that the vaccine being tested is only 30 percent effective "against mild malaria cases" and 50 percent effective "against severe malaria. The researchers state that even though the numbers seem low, but they are hoping that any percentage of people that can be vaccinated successfully will be an achievement.