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October 24, 2007

About 9 billion per year for 20-30 years to eradicate malaria

The time may be upon us now to start a program (which would really get deployed in 2012 after the latest malaria vaccines have undergone wider trials), to eradicate malaria

Eradication would not be cheap. A back-of-the-envelope estimate suggests it would cost about $9 billion a year for two or three decades to make and distribute the necessary vaccines, drugs and equipment. But that compares with $3 billion a year indefinitely, merely to contain the problem—not to mention the economic damage done by the disease. Big ideas have to await the right time to be realised. But for malaria that time may be now.

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