Millions of girls in developing countries could soon have access to a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer. The GAVI Alliance has announced a record low price for the HPV vaccine. The announcement was made Thursday at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town. Despite the lower price, one group believes the cost is still too high.
About 275,000 women die of cervical cancer every year. Most of them are in developing countries. The HPV vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus that causes the majority of cases. The virus is sexually transmitted and can remain in the body for years before cancer develops.
Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance, a public/private partnership focusing on immunization, said, “Cervical caner is a disease that in most of the wealthy countries is able to be diagnosed using very simple technology and is able to be treated if people have early cancers. We have a triple whammy in these countries where they have a higher incidence of disease. They don’t have the diagnostic test available and they don’t have treatment. So this is a disease that is killing women in the prime of their life.”
1.cervical adj. 颈的；子宫颈的
Cervical cancer is highly curable if it is found early.
2.papillomavirus n. [病毒] 乳头瘤病毒
A close relationship between bowenoid papulosis and human papillomavirus has been implicated in researches.
3.immunization n. 免疫
Immunization is one of the most successful and effective health interventions.
4.whammy n. 晦气；剧烈的打击
So there might be something of a double whammy happening there if the US had a severe downturn.
5.incidence n. 发生率；影响
The incidence of this disease has dropped considerably in the past few years.