First Malaria Vaccine Poised for Approval

- October 8th, 2013

British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK) hopes to get the green light for a prototype vaccine against malaria after trials showed it offered children a partial shield against the disease, South China Morning Post reported.

British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK) hopes to get the green light for a prototype vaccine against malaria after trials showed it offered children a partial shield against the disease, South China Morning Post reported.

As quoted in the market news:

Results for the Phase III stage of the closely-followed RTS,S vaccine were unveiled at a conference in Durban, South Africa, gathering experts on malaria in Africa.

It showed that 18 months after vaccination, children aged five to 17 months had a 46-per cent reduction in the risk of clinical malaria compared to unvaccinated peers.

But in infants aged six to 12 weeks at the time of vaccination, efficacy was lower: a 27-per cent reduction in risk.

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