WHO, Partners Launch Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap
“The [WHO] and its partners Thursday announced a new goal to license vaccines by 2030 that would sharply reduce malaria cases and eventually eliminate the disease,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 11/14). The updated 2013 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap “comes in addition to the original 2006 roadmap’s goal of having a licensed vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the most deadly form of the disease, for children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa by 2015,” a press release from the WHO states (11/14). “[T]he new [roadmap] raises the bar by setting two strategic goals: having vaccines in place by 2030 that can help achieve malaria elimination in multiple settings and having vaccines that are highly effective against the disease,” CIDRAP News writes (Schnirring, 11/14). “To meet the goals, the document sets out a number of priority areas to be addressed, including ensuring results of funded clinical trials are publicly-available within 12 months, and establishing a systematic approach for [prioritizing] vaccine candidates,” SciDevNet adds (Winston, 11/14).