Doctor's decades-long quest for malaria vaccine pays off
CBS Evening News
By Jonathan Lapook
Health officials in Europe approved the world's first vaccine for malaria on Friday.
The ancient scourge spread by mosquitoes sickened nearly 200 million people in 2013, killing about 600,000 -- mostly in Africa.
Most of the victims of malaria are children under the age of 5. In fact, the disease claims the life of one child every minute. After almost three decades of research, Dr. Moncef Slaoui and his team at GSK have finally produced an effective vaccine.
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