Today’s Solutions: October 24, 2021

We recently discussed how mRNA technology could provide more effective vaccines for diseases like malaria. It turns out a successful malaria vaccine is coming onto the scene sooner than anticipated with the announcement that researchers have developed a single-dose formula with at least 75 percent efficacy. 

Developed by researchers at the University of Oxford, the vaccine has been shown to have “high-level efficacy” over 12 months of follow-up in a trial with 450 children. The team plans to expand their trials to a group of 5,000 children to confirm these results. The World Health Organization has set efficacy goals for a malaria vaccine at 75 percent, but this model is predicted to be at least 77 percent effective. Currently, the most effective malaria vaccine on the market offers only 55 percent efficacy. 

Although malaria is technically preventable and curable, limited medical resources in many areas of Africa make the disease a prominent health threat, especially for children. There were 229 million reported cases of malaria worldwide in 2019 and 409,000 deaths, predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Developing a vaccine for malaria is difficult because the disease has thousands of genes. Once phase 3 trials are complete, the researchers hope to deploy the vaccine in mass across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Serum Institute of India, a vaccine manufacturer, says it plans to have more than 200 million doses of the vaccine ready for delivery as soon as it is approved by regulators. 

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Algae wrapped in droplets improves efficiency of artificial photosynthesis

In our quest for the most sustainable, most renewable sources of energy, humanity continues to look to nature for inspiration. One of nature’s most efficient energy systems is photosynthesis, which is how plants convert sunlight, ... Read More

Evidence shows Vikings arrived in Americas nearly 500 years before Columbus

Researchers have known for a while that Vikings from Greenland founded the village of L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland around the turn of the millennium, but now, a study published in Nature has finally pinpointed ... Read More

Egypt’s State Council swears-in the nation’s first female judges

Egypt’s State Council was established in 1946 and is an independent judicial body that deals with administrative disputes, disciplinary cases, appeals, reviews draft laws, decisions, and contracts that involve the government or a government-run body. ... Read More

Is group or individual work more productive? Here’s what science says

Are you a group project person or do you prefer to fly solo? We all have our work preferences, but what does science say about teamwork and productivity? A new study conducted by Quartz aims ... Read More

Wildlife filmaker provides a unique insight into the daily lives of bees

You may have seen bees flying around your backyard or local park, but it can be difficult for the naked human eye to grasp the full complexity of the lives of these pollinators. During the ... Read More