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Sixty seconds on . . . malaria vaccination

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5833 (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5833
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

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, …

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