BBC News – Malaria vaccine trial raises hopePosted: October 18, 2011
Infants given the prototype vaccine had about half the risk of getting malaria compared with those who did not receive the jab, say researchers.
The vaccine, known as RTS,S, is one of two experimental malaria vaccines being tested around the world.
More than 15,000 children aged under 18 months took part in the year-long study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine .
The trial was conducted in seven African countries on two groups of children – newborns aged six-12 weeks – and babies aged five-17 months.
One year on, there were about half the number of cases of malaria in the older group of children given the vaccine, compared with those in a control group who received vaccines against other illnesses.
“These data bring us to the cusp of having the world’s first malaria vaccine,” said Andrew Witty, chief executive of the British pharmaceutical company, GSK, which developed the vaccine alongside the non-profit PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative.