Joe Cohen, a GlaxoSmithKline research scientist has spent 24 years trying to create the world’s first malaria vaccine, “Mosquirix”. His team has been partially successful at it so far but recent developments tells that the Malarial vaccine might actually be a reality.
Final stage clinical trial data on RTS,S, also known as Mosquirix, showed it halved the risk of African children getting malaria, making it likely to become the world’s first successful vaccine against the deadly disease.
Malaria is caused by a parasite carried in the saliva of mosquitoes. It kills more than 780,000 people per year, most of them babies or very young children in Africa. Even in India too, the Malaria figures are alarming. The National Institute of Malaria Research, was set up by the Indian Government to fight Malaria in India.
If this medicine becomes a reality, its definitely good news for us.