Anti-malaria jab hope

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The world’s first malaria vaccine could get the go-ahead for use in Africa within months. Final trial results from the vaccine, called RTS

Anti-malaria jab hope

PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3

The world’s first malaria vaccine could get the go-ahead for use in Africa within months.

Final trial results from the vaccine, called RTS,S and designed for children in Africa, showed it gave partial protection for up to four years.

It’s not going to be the weapon that wipes out malaria.

Trial data released in 2011 and 2012 showed it reduced episodes of malaria in infants aged 6-to-12 weeks by just under a third.

The figure was just under a half in babies aged 5-to-17 months.

But the final follow-up research suggests children who’ve had the jab still had long term protection albeit at a declining rate.

British drug maker GSK are hoping international regulators will approve the vaccine for use from October.

If that happens it’ll be the first ever licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease.

It’s taken 30 years to develop and could help to prevent millions of cases of malaria which currently kills more than 600,000 people a year.

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