And now, for some actual good news

A partially effective malaria vaccination that reduces incidence in children by over half.

This is a game changer for Africa.  No, it will not give them stable governments, good roads, or accessible ports.  But it's hard to overstate the impact of disease burden on sub-Saharan Africa.  This sort of vaccination also has big external benefits--by reducing the pool of infected carriers mosquitoes attack, it will significantly cut down on the overall incidence even among those who aren't vaccinated.  It's still got a ways to go through trials, but if it works, this will do more for Africa than all the development money of the last decade.

Presented by

Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Business

Just In