Latest malaria vaccine news
Recent stories and articles on malaria vaccine developments around the world
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Australian researchers identify the body's malaria-blocking response
March 18, 2015 - Australian researchers have made a discovery that could help in the global battle to develop a vaccine for malaria, one of the world's leading killers.
The Sydney Morning Herald
What kills little kids?
February 24, 2015 - The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) based at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington recently released its global mortality numbers for the year 2013.
Scientists produce malaria vaccine from algae
February 19, 2015 - Researchers have developed a new candidate for malaria vaccine with the help of algae-produced malaria parasite protein.
The Times of India
A working malaria vaccine that can’t get money
February 10, 2015 - Tucked away in a few rooms within the Alexandria Life Science and Translational Research Center in Rockville, Maryland, is a 48-member biotechnology company pursuing a singular obsession to eradicate one of the greatest global health challenges in history, malaria.
Gates Foundation awards $50 million to Stanford vaccine discovery
January 30, 2015 – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said on Friday it had awarded Stanford University a $50 million grant to accelerate vaccine development efforts for the world's most deadly diseases, including AIDS and malaria.
Here's how Bill Gates will try to save 2 million children from dying this year
January 22, 2015 – In the past 25 years, the child death rate around the world fell by half. It’s one of the great public health success stories in history. Bill and Melinda Gates think we can do better.
Bill Gates on role of tech in solving global issues
January 21, 2015 – In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates discusses the use of technological innovations to solve the world's problems.
Wall Street Journal
2015 Gates Letter
2015 – This year's annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates focuses on their big bet for the future: The lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else's.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill Gates gives $500 million to fight malaria, other diseases
November 3, 2014 – Bill Gates announced Sunday his foundation will give away $500 million this year to combat diseases like malaria on top of the $50 million it already committed to fighting Ebola.
Gates Foundation to donate $500M this year to fight malaria and other diseases
November 3, 2014 – Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said Sunday that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate more money toward its goal to stamp out malaria from the world. The announcement is considered as the latest development in Gates’ broader plan to fight tropical diseases.
International Business Times
Bill Gates to give $500 million for malaria, other diseases
November 3, 2014 – US philanthropist Bill Gates on Sunday announced he will donate over $500 million to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, saying the Ebola outbreak is a call to action.
Gates Foundation boosts aid to stamp out malaria
November 2, 2014 – Philanthropist Bill Gates says he wants to end malaria in his lifetime and will give more money toward that goal, part of his broader fight against tropical diseases that are getting unusual public attention because of the Ebola epidemic.
Bacteria lowers mosquito transmission of malaria, dengue
October 31, 2014 – The human microbiome is the community of tiny organisms that live on us and inside us. These critters play vital roles in our health.
Which contagious diseases are the deadliest?
September 16, 2014 – No one knows what the death toll in the Ebola epidemic will be. As of Tuesday, nearly 2,500 people have died and nearly 5,000 have caught the virus, the World Health Organization says. So how does this epidemic compare with the toll taken by other contagious diseases?
Humans give malaria to mosquitoes—we need a vaccine to stop this
August 20, 2014 – On Wednesday, the world marks World Mosquito Day to commemorate the 1897 discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that malaria in people is transmitted to and from mosquitoes. Ross won a Nobel prize for his discovery, and, since then, mosquitoes have been enemy No 1 when it comes to defeating a disease that takes a life every single minute – most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa.
'Milestone' for child malaria vaccine
July 29, 2014 – Reporting in PLOS Medicine, researchers found that for every 1,000 children who received the vaccine, an average of 800 cases of illness could be prevented. Experts say the world's first malaria vaccine could be approved for use in 2015.
Malaria vaccine: why has it taken 30 years to develop?
July 24, 2014 – The complexity of the malaria parasite has confounded scientists for decades.
Glaxo Files Its Entry in Race for a Malaria Vaccine
July 24, 2014 – An experimental malaria vaccine GlaxoSmithKline filed with regulators Thursday could help fight one of the world's biggest killers.
Wall Street Journal
GSK announces EU regulatory submission for malaria vaccine candidate RTS,S
GSK announced today that it has submitted a regulatory application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for its malaria vaccine candidate, RTS,S. The submission will follow the Article 58 procedure, which allows the EMA to assess the quality, safety and efficacy of a candidate vaccine, or medicine, manufactured in a European Union (EU) member state, for a disease recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as of major public health interest, but intended exclusively for use outside the EU.
Article reports findings on safety and efficacy of the malaria vaccine candidate over an 18-month period following vaccination at 11 African sites across a wide range of malaria transmission settings.
Targeting killer diseases under the microscope
June 3, 2014 – Watch this CNBC story to learn more about the late-stage malaria vaccine candidate (RTS,S), and the breakthrough that could reduce the death toll in the developing world from a parasite.
Immune children aid malaria vaccine hunt
May 22, 2014 – A group of children in Tanzania who are naturally immune to malaria are helping scientists to develop a new vaccine. US researchers have found that they produce an antibody that attacks the malaria-causing parasite. Injecting a form of this antibody into mice protected the animals from the disease. The team, which published its results in the journal Science, said trials in primates and humans were now needed to fully assess the vaccine's promise.
The Beauty of Immunization - Why I Work to Develop Malaria Vaccines
May 11, 2014 – This week, we celebrate "Mosquito Week"--but it's not to honor an insect that much of the world considers just a summertime nuisance. It's to remind us that, in fact, the mosquito kills more humans every year than any other animal--more than sharks, more than crocodiles, more than snakes. And for me, it's a reminder of why I do what I do--that is, fighting one of the worst diseases carried by mosquitoes: malaria.
Why Bill Gates fights diseases abroad, not at home
April 24, 2014 – NPR's Morning Edition host David Greene recently spoke with Gates about why he and his wife have chosen to focus their efforts abroad and less here at home—and whether he thinks the world is still on track for eradicating polio by 2018.
Malaria: is a vaccine the silver bullet?
April 18, 2014 – Around the world, about 3.4 billion people are at risk of catching malaria. The infectious disease, caused by a parasite spread by mosquitoes, can lead to severe infection and death if not treated quickly. Malaria kills about 627,000 people each year, mostly in the world's poorest countries. (Q&A held on April 24 with experts is available in the comments.)
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