This video from the American Museum of Natural History in the USA is called Science Bulletins: Malaria Vaccine Passes First Clinical Tests.
From Wildlife Extra:
December 2013: An effective vaccine against malaria could be developed in the next five years thanks to a new discovery.
Scientists from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have discovered a key process during the invasion of the blood cell by the Malaria parasite, and more importantly, found a way to block this invasion.
With this new knowledge, NTU is looking to collaborate with the industry on a vaccine against Malaria which can be developed within the next five years if accelerated by vaccine development companies, says lead scientist Professor Peter Preiser.
According to the World Health Organisation, about 3.3 billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. This mosquito-borne disease causes fever and headache and in serious cases, can cause a patient to go into a coma or result in death. The disease infected about 219 million people in 2010, and kills around 860,000 people worldwide annually.
“If there can be a low-cost vaccine which is effective in rendering the parasite harmless, then millions of lives can be saved and this will also benefit the economy by millions of dollars each year,” says Prof Preiser.
Low-cost is the crucial point about a potential anti-malaria vaccine.
There is a risk of production of the vaccine being monopolized by some profit-hungry and power-hungry Big Pharma corporation. Then, there will be the distinct risk that, instead of making the vaccine affordable for poor people, corporate fat cats, who did not participate at all in the scientific work at Nanyang Technological University, in some rich country will concentrate on having World Trade Organisation bureaucrats persecute generic production in poor countries aimed at making it affordable.
“What we have identified is a region of the Malaria parasite which it uses to attach to a healthy blood cell then pushes itself into the cell. To prevent this invasion, we developed antibodies which can interfere with this invasion process.”
The patented discovery also opens the doors to new drug targets, which will allow scientists to develop more methods to interfere and disrupt the parasite’s act of invasion.
Some U.S. troops haunted by anti-malaria drug’s drastic side effects: here.
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March 2014: The first hard evidence has been found that instances of malaria appear at higher elevations during warmer years and recede back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool: here.
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