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US Healthcare Newsletter  |  July 30th 2014

The first vaccine for malaria could be on the way. GlaxoSmithKline is reportedly seeking approval for its shot, RTS,S, and the World Health Organization could recommend use as early as 2015 if it has the support of the European Medicines Agency.


GSK said in a statement that the vaccine is “aimed only for use against the malaria parasite most prevalent in Africa.” Research in 2012 showed only about a 30% decrease in babies six to 12 weeks old.


RTS,S has been in the works for three decades, backed by both the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Yet it’s not alone in the category. Sanaria, based in Rockville, Maryland, also has a vaccine in the works: PfSPZ.


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