Dec 292011

Aiming for 80% efficacy in the next four years

Team of researchers at Oxford University develop new malaria vaccine, which is labelled ‘very exciting.’

A team of researchers based at the University of Oxford says it has developed a malaria vaccine twice as effective as any other. The breakthrough was made by a team led by Dr Simon Draper of the university’s Jenner Institute.

Though the vaccine has so far been tested only on animals, Dr Draper highlighted its effectiveness, calling the results of trials “very exciting.”

Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases, responsible for over two million deaths a year. Unlike vaccines used presently, the new vaccine aims to kill the malaria parasite in the blood. Existing treatments aim to prevent the parasite from reaching the liver.

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