Researchers are reportedly developing a vaccine to prevent the spread of malaria as well as treat the mosquitoes that carry the disease.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – Scientists are reportedly seeking to develop a vaccination that is aimed at preventing the spread of malaria as well as treating the mosquitoes that carry the deadly disease. As reported by TIME, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) recently announced an effort in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Sabin Vaccine Institute to develop a new transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV).
Dr. Lee Hall, with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is quoted in the report as stating of the plans for the new approach, “I think it’s very encouraging… It’s a big endorsement by MVI for this general approach.”
As noted by TIME, malaria kills a reported one million children under the age of five annually.
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