Spanish doctor finds vaccine against malaria

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16 November 2005, MADRID — A Spanish doctor is behind a vaccine which has been shown to partially protect children from malaria for at least 18 months.

16 November 2005

MADRID — A Spanish doctor is behind a vaccine which has been shown to partially protect children from malaria for at least 18 months.

The British medical magazine The Lancet reported Pedro Alonso and his team had carried out clinical trials on more than 2,000 children in Mozambique aged between one and four.

The results proved the vaccine, known as RTS,S/ASOZA, reduced the risk of clinical malaria, delayed the time before a new infection and reduced episodes of severe malaria over six months in African children.

A follow-up of those children now shows that the vaccine prevented 49 percent of severe malaria cases during the 18 months following its administration.

This fact "confirms the potential malaria vaccines to become credible control tools for public health use", the report says. 

Alonso, who works at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, lead the trials in Mozambique with support from the Spanish International Cooperation Agency and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donated USD 50 million for the trials to get underway.

The Gates Foundation has also said it will give another USD 107m.

GlaxoSmithKline, which is developing the vaccine, has said it may be ready for the market by 2011.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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