Based on a recent report published by the Associated Press, an experimental malaria vaccine has failed to register the desired results. While scientists believed their vaccine was a medical breakthrough, reports have shown that the medicine is only 30 percent effective.
Residents of Africa, India and other Malaria-affected regions were disappointed to hear that scientists were unable to find a cure for their disease. The vaccine that was recently produced was supposed to cut malaria risks in half, but the treatment turned out to be much more ineffective. Only 30 percent infants were protected against the killer disease after getting vaccinated.
A large group of children aged 6 to 12 weeks underwent a three-shot treatment in order to get protection against the disease. Several weeks later, reports have shown that malaria cases were reduced in only 30 percent of the cases. Researchers, including Dr. Jennifer Cohn, a medical coordinator at Doctors Without Borders, claim the results are “unacceptably low” for the vaccine to be acknowledged.
Scientists thought they were about to make a medical breakthrough when they first came up with the formula of the new malaria vaccine. Their endeavor is all the more difficult as this disease is caused by five different species of parasites. Similar attempts have been made before, but they all turned out in vain. However, this did not prevent scientists from continuing their work. In fact, dozens of malaria vaccines are being researched at present in various medical centers across the world.
The vaccine that was recently tested was first designed in 2006. It was supposed to significantly reduce malaria risks and last at least one year. Researchers were unable to explain what went wrong, but they were now forced to run their research again.
More than 650,000 people die each year in Africa as a result of Malaria infection, the majority of them being young children and pregnant women. The lack of an effective vaccine has forced authorities to resort to other solutions, such as, insecticide-treated bed nets, pesticides and good medicines.