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African nations test new malaria vaccine

International | Pilot program could be a breakthrough in the fight against disease on the continent
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/30/19, 04:06 pm

Malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers, but a vaccine trial is offering new hope to communities that suffer most from the disease.

Malawi became the first country to implement a pilot program to dispense a malaria vaccine for children last week. Scientists with the U.K.-based GSK pharmaceutical company took 30 years to develop the vaccine. It trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, spread by the female Anopheles mosquito.

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U.S. denies paying North Korea for student’s medical bills

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/26/19, 11:37 am

President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States did not pay North Korea for the release of American Otto Warmbier despite reports the communist country demanded $2 million in medical costs before releasing the 22-year-old student in 2017. Warmbier received a 15-year sentence with hard labor in March 2016 after North Korea accused him of stealing a propaganda poster from a Pyongyang hotel. A U.S.

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Quarantine ordered at two LA universities

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/26/19, 11:12 am

Los Angeles public health officials issued quarantine orders for more than 200 staff and students at two universities this week due to five confirmed cases of measles in the area. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), said 119 students and eight faculty members were under quarantine as of Wednesday. It was not immediately clear how many were quarantined at California State University, Los Angeles.

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