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dateline: 24 April 2019

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WHO Pilots World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • WHO: the World Health Organization
  • pilot: to test
  • vaccine: a substance that provides protection against a disease
  • dose: a single amount of medicine
  • insecticide: a substance that keeps insects away
  • in conjunction: together

WHO Pilots World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Malawi, , and Ghana are the first countries to take part in a trial of the world’s first malaria vaccine. 360,000 children will the vaccine in this pilot project. Years of testing show that the vaccine offers protection from malaria 40% of the time. If taken as , with four doses before the age of two, the partial protection could save tens of of lives. The WHO notes that other protective measures, including the use of bed nets and insecticides, must be used in conjunction with the vaccine. While it is a preventable and disease, over 400,000 people die of malaria each year.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What percentage of malaria cases is this vaccine expected to prevent?
  3. According to the report, what other protective measures help prevent malaria?

Discussion Question

If you lived in an area where malaria was common, would you feel comfortable giving your child this vaccine? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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