POSTED May 4, 2021
A breakthrough and promise for a Malaria vaccine
Researchers report new vaccine trials show 77 percent effectiveness
COVID-19 isn’t the only disease with a vaccine making news lately. The University of Oxford has announced a breakthrough in malaria vaccine trials. This is heartening news based on reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) of 229-million cases of the life-threatening disease in 2019.
“When trialled in 450 children in Burkina Faso, the vaccine was found to be safe and showed ‘high-level efficacy’ over 12 months of follow-up,” reports the BBC. Large trials will continue to assess large-scale safety among nearly 5,000 children, between the ages of five months and three years, across African countries, but the results are promising.
“These new results support our high expectations for the potential of this vaccine, which we believe is the first to reach the WHO’s goal of a vaccine for malaria with at least 75 percent efficacy,” said Adrian Hill, Family Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford and co-author of the paper reporting the latest findings.
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