Malaria vaccine not perfect, but still useful

Canadian Medical Association Journal

August 20, 2015

Carolyn Brown, Ottawa, ON

The first vaccine against malaria — and the first against any parasitical disease in humans — has limited efficacy in children of 27% to 39%, but it's still a useful tool in combatting a long-standing and dire disease, say experts.

"The pattern of disease arising from malaria is still very high" despite measures such as insecticidal bed nets and clearing brush, which is why a vaccine is welcome, explains Dr. Githinji Gitahi, chief executive officer of Amref Health Africa, a humanitarian organization providing training and health services in more than 30 countries, including those most affected by malaria.

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A child sits under a anti-malaria bed net

Credit: GSK