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Malaria: the promising vaccine that showed high efficacy for the first time in fighting the disease


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Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans by the bite of infected female mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles.

A malaria vaccine was shown to be 77% effective early in the trials and this could be a crucial step in the fight against the disease, according to the Oxford University team that developed the vaccine.

Malaria is a disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year – mostly children – in sub-Saharan Africa, and it also affects several countries in Latin America.

But despite the fact that numerous vaccines have been tested over the years, none had achieved the targets necessary to be successful.

The researchers noted that the vaccine could have a great impact on public health.


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