Sixty seconds on . . . malaria vaccinationBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5833 (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5833
- Nigel Hawkes
A vaccine against malaria has been approved, but nobody’s rushing to use it. Why ever not?
The World Health Organization has hedged its bets by recommending 3-5 large pilot projects to see how practicable the vaccine is. This falls short of a wholehearted recommendation but accurately reflects current uncertainty.
What’s the problem?
The genus of parasites that cause malaria, plasmodium, is a tough target. Much bigger and more complex than a bacterium or a virus, …