Is there a vaccine for malaria?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Malaria vaccine production and distribution continues to be in the research and development stage. [25, 26, 27] In 2015, European Union (EU) regulators approved the world's first malaria vaccine for use outside the EU among children aged 6 weeks to 17 months. The new vaccine (Mosquirix, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals), as of April 2019, is entering a large-scale pilot test in Malawi, followed by Kenya and Ghana. The vaccine is to be administered to 360,000 children aged 2 years or younger to evaluate efficacy and feasibility. In trials, the vaccine reduced malaria episodes by 40%. [28] Mosquirix targets P falciparum. It limits the parasite's ability to infect, mature, and multiply in the liver. [29]


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