Scientists at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute have found a molecule that prevents the red blood cells infected by the malaria parasite from sticking together and blocking blood vessels.
Tests on rats and monkeys have been successful and the team is about to begin human tests. Professor Mats Wahlgren tells Swedish Radio News the vaccine has provided good protection and they hope that a human vaccine will be available within a few years.
Every year half a billion people are infected by malaria, and every day 3000 children die from the most serious form of the disease, tropical malaria.
For more information, listen to the October edition of Radio Swedens Studio 49 with Azariah Kiros.