Medical breakthrough? : Malaria vaccine appears to be within reach- swissinfoPosted: July 13, 2012
“The important thing is that we have shown for the first time that a vaccine can work. This is a fundamental scientific breakthrough,” says Bernard Pécoul, Geneva-based executive director of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi).
“But if you are thinking in terms of public health, the figure of 50 per cent every 12 months – in other words, you need a booster every year – is not good enough for use on a wide scale.”
Despite these reservations, Genton and Pécoul agree that the vaccine represents an important victory in the fight against malaria. There is still a long way to go, but it is a major first step towards another vaccine, or a modified vaccine, which will be more effective.