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Examining The Need For Transmission-Blocking Malaria Vaccine

The WHO “has undertaken an update of the 2006 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap — a document developed through a consultative process to align the malaria vaccine development community toward common goals,” David Kaslow, director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a May series examining the agency’s global health work. He notes “the long-term goal will be updated to better reflect the global health community’s desire to eradicate malaria altogether and targets vaccines that interrupt malaria transmission (VIMTs) and that support the elimination/eradication agenda, including transmission-blocking vaccines (TBV).” Kaslow writes, “When used in conjunction with other technologies, a transmission-blocking vaccine could help a country push across the threshold from control to elimination and ultimately help achieve global eradication” (5/9).