Discovery boosts malaria vaccine hopes
This article was originally published in Scrip
Malaria continues to be one of the biggest killers in the world, particularly among African children, but it is a sad fact that there is still no vaccine available that can effectively prevent the disease. Efforts to develop a vaccine go back over half a century, and the need is now becoming urgent because of the growing problem of resistance to the older, cheaper antimalarial drugs.
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