The malaria vaccine RTS,S will be complementary to other malaria interventions and is not a magic bullet. The time has come for different combinations of approaches to be tried out in different settings and the evidence used to come up with regional plans.
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The vaccines that most people are used to: polio, measles, tetanus – prevent over 90% of the disease they protect against – this protection lasts a lifetime. The malaria vaccine RTS,S in trial conditions has been shown to have an efficacy of 26-36% and this efficacy declined quickly.
It is amazing that though we are reaching out into the universe to explore outer worlds – we still have not worked out how immunity to malaria is accomplished in adults. The score remains: malaria A+, humans C+. We are trying, but it’s not good enough.
The results of the RTS,S malaria vaccine trial were published on the 24th April 2015. The data was deflating for those who hoped that the vaccine would play a strong role in eliminating malaria. Take a look at what the definitive results for this, the most advanced malaria vaccine candidate, were.
Anti-malaria vaccine a few tests away. The Daily Nation. 24th April 2013. http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/DN2/Anti-malaria-vaccine-a-few-tests-away/-/957860/1755834/-/8wixf6z/-/index.html