Volume 77, Issue 6_Suppl
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The past few years have witnessed the appearance of public-private partnerships and a significant increase of resources devoted to the development of malaria vaccines. Lessons have been learned on different approaches to the clinical development plan for a vaccine candidate, including different clinical trial phases and endpoints and methods to conduct them. Improved understanding of mechanisms underlying naturally acquired immunity, definitions of surrogate markers of protection, including improved assays and animal models, and strengthened capacity in malaria-endemic countries to conduct clinical trials would accelerate the development of malaria vaccines. We are closer to having a first-generation vaccine being registered. The impact of this vaccine and subsequent products will need to be evaluated under program conditions in the context of comprehensive malaria control activities. Deployment of a safe and effective malaria vaccine administered in early childhood could become a major public health tool, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.


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  • Received : 21 Aug 2006
  • Accepted : 22 Sep 2007

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