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WHO prequalifies a second malaria vaccine, a significant milestone in prevention of the disease

21 December 2023 | News release |Geneva |Reading time: 2 min (522 words) WHO has added the R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine to its list of prequalified vaccines. In October 2023, WHO recommended its use for the prevention of malaria in children following the advice of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization and […]

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BioNTech Advances Plans for mRNA Vaccine Production in Africa by 2025

Credit: Andriy Onufriyenko / Getty Images / Moment Expanding Africa’s capacity to produce mRNA vaccines has reached a new milestone with BioNTech’s opening of a facility in Kigali, Rwanda. This facility is designated for manufacturing vaccines for use within the African Union. BioNTech could produce up to 50 million product […]

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Malaria Fight Slows: Over 120M Vaccine Doses Possible, Only a Fraction to be Used

By: Ebenezer Mensah  Published: December 19, 2023 at 5:59 pm EST In the global health landscape, the fight against malaria has taken on an unsatisfactory pace, according to a recent report by 1Day Africa and 1Day Sooner. The report reveals that despite the ability to produce over 120 million doses […]

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World Malaria Report 2023: Malaria Cases Surge To 249 Million In 2022, 16 Million Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

The WHO report reveals that global malaria cases surged to 249 million in 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by 16 million, emphasizing the need for resilient responses. Posted by Saurabh  Published On December 4th, 2023 Despite efforts to expand access to prevention measures, a new WHO report reveals a concerning trend: malaria cases […]

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Global Fund Board Hails Recovery in Fight Against HIV, TB and Malaria After COVID-19 Setbacks, Commits to Strengthen Investments in Climate-Resilient Health Systems

News and Press Release:  Source: Global Fund Posted: 19 Nov 2023  Originally published: 19 Nov 2023 GENEVA – The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria held its 50th meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland. Two months after the release of the Global Fund’s [Results Report[(https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/results/), Board […]

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Tracking malaria parasites using genomics surveillance

                                           Prof Isabella Oyier, leading Molecular Biologist, Associate Professor and Head of Bioscience at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya.   Malaria remains a major global health priority and […]

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RTS,S vaccine pilot: 13% mortality reduction fuels hope for malaria control

7 November 2023 6 min read by David Holmes Four years since the first children received the world’s first malaria vaccine as part of routine immunisation programmes, important questions about the real-world impact of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine are being answered. A substantial reduction in deaths from all causes in […]

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Malaria is spreading, but we can stop it

Climate change is hastening the disease but medicine is catching up! A second malaria vaccine is rolling out and in bigger numbers (Image credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP via Getty Images) The mosquito-borne illness malaria has been spreading wider and faster as the climate changes. The disease can kill up to 600,000 […]

Pfizer moves into final trial of two-in-one flu and Covid-19 jab

BRUSSELS – Biopharmaceutical company Pfizer said its two-in-one vaccine will be moving into a final-stage trial in the coming months, after an early to mid-stage (phase one and two) study showed positive results. With this, Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech come a step closer to potentially getting regulatory approval for […]

Malaria parasite gene could be effective drug target to block transmission

A newly discovered gene in the malaria parasite could be a good target for future drugs aimed at preventing disease transmission. The gene, discovered by Imperial College London researchers, is crucial for the development of the infectious stage of the malaria parasite. It also has unique features that could make […]