16 Apr 2018

First malaria vaccine will be piloted in areas of three African countries through routine immunization programs

Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year worldwide and causes illness in tens of millions more, with most deaths occurring among children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Although existing interventions have helped to reduce malaria deaths significantly over the past 15 years, a well-tolerated and effective vaccine with an acceptable safety profile could add an important complementary tool for malaria control efforts. To date, no vaccine against malaria has been licensed for use.