Malaria vaccine shows promise in two trials, but has a way to go

A new vaccine may help protect people against malaria. Two studies on variants of the same vaccine released today found that it is effective at preventing malaria. The promising results are tempered by the fact that roughly 100 people participated in the two studies and they provided protection well below the 75 percent threshold set by the World Health Organization.

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A milestone achieved in the battle to eradicate malaria

Nearly a decade ago, Bill and Melinda Gates stunned, and in some quarters irritated, the global health community by calling for the eradication of malaria, one of the world’s biggest killers. But last week, preliminary findings from a huge project under way in a section of central Africa known as the Sahel show a bold new strategy that might just nudge malaria eradication a bit closer toward reality.

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