19 Oct 2015
Author(s): 
Ashley J. Birkett

Despite impressive gains over the last 15 years in reducing the mortality associated with malaria, it remains a public health emergency. New interventions, such as vaccines, are needed to ensure that previous gains serve as a foundation for future progress. Vaccines have the potential to prevent severe disease and death in those most vulnerable, and to accelerate elimination and eradication by breaking the cycle of parasite transmission. The pipeline is as healthy as it has ever been, with approaches targeting different stages of the parasite life cycle using an array of technologies. This article reviews recent progress and reviews key considerations in the quest to develop products that are aligned with the unmet medical need.