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AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is no more – but its remarkable success must not be forgotten

Last week’s announcement that AstraZeneca would no longer market its Covid vaccine brings an end to one of the century’s most remarkable medical stories. Created within a year of the arrival of the pandemic, the AZ vaccine was cheap, easily stored and transported, and helped stave off humanitarian crises in Asia and […]

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World Malaria Day 2024: “Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world”

Dear malaria partners and friends, On this year’s World Malaria Day, WHO has joined forces with the RBM Partnership and other partners to spotlight the critical importance of advancing health equity, gender equality and human rights in malaria responses worldwide. I would like to begin by acknowledging the tremendous contributions of […]

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World Malaria Day 2024: ‘Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world’

On this World Malaria Day 2024, we unite under the theme “Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world.” This theme, which is in sync with this year’s World Health Day theme “My Health, My Right’, underscores the urgent need to address the stark inequities that persist in […]

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Two new malaria vaccines are being rolled out across Africa: how they work and what they promise

Malaria incidents are on the rise. There were 249 million cases of this parasitic disease in 2022, five million more than in 2021. Africa suffers more than any other region from malaria, with 94% of cases and 95% of deaths worldwide. This year two revolutionary malaria vaccines are being rolled out across […]

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Malaria-Transmission-Diagnosis and Treatment

Abstract Malaria is a potentially fatal infectious disease, considered a serious public health problem in the world, caused by a parasite of the Plasmodium genus. It is transmitted by the bite of the infected female Anopheles mosquito, also after blood transfusions, organ transplantation, sharing contaminated syringes in parenteral drug users, […]

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New Discovery Unravels Malaria Invasion Mechanism

A recent breakthrough sheds light on how the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, invades human red blood cells. The study, led by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics, reveals the role of a sugar called sialic acid in this invasion process. The […]

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The U.S. President Malaria Initiative to Address Malaria in Africa

NORWICH, United Kingdom — The U.S. President Malaria Initiative (PMI) originated in 2005 to help create a world without malaria. The initiative aims to expand proven and highly cost-effective malaria prevention and treatment measures by partnering with country leadership and their National Malaria Control Programs. Here is how the U.S. President Malaria Initiative […]

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Transformative Technologies in Vaccine Manufacturing

Vaccines are the most cost-effective strategy to prevent and suppress global infections, such as viral pathogens.Conventional vaccines are classified under three categories: live, attenuated or non-live. Conventional vaccines have shown utility in irradicating smallpox and slowing the spread of other diseases, such as polio, measles, mumps and rubella over past decades.1 However, […]