Vaccine Could Stifle Malaria Menace

Researchers may be about to take a bite out of malaria. The mosquito-borne disease, which infects 225 million people each year and kills 781,000 victims, but a new vaccine has cut the number of infections of test subjects in half in the year following vaccination.

CNN reports researchers revealed promising African clinical trial results at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation event in Seattle. The vaccine is designed for children because they account for the majority of malaria deaths due to their immature immune systems.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rep says the vaccine could represent a monumental breakthrough:

“Scientists have been working to develop a malaria vaccine for 40 years, and these findings show that we are on track in the development of a vaccine for African children, those who need it most.”

If tests go well, the World Health Organization could recommend the vaccine by 2015.

Breakthrough malaria vaccine tantalizingly close [CNN]

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  1. mauispiderweb says:

    “Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, says that if RTS,S is approved, his company does not intend to make a profit from it. He says that GlaxoSmithKline will provide the vaccine at 5% above the cost of production and that the excess amount will be reinvested for research into the next malaria vaccine.”

    This. Yes.

    • Cat says:

      Hold on, don’t be too happy about this. That seems nice and all… but I saw him in an interview on one of the big 3 networks last night, and the implication was that the profits will come from elsewhere to make up for it…

      To me, that means countries with no price controls on drugs will see an increase on the prices of other GSK drugs. That mean you and me, in the good ol’ “screwed SA”.

  2. pop top says:

    Please oh please let Jenny McCarthy or some other anti-science nut come out against this vaccine so people will finally realize how fucking dumb they are and stop listening to them.

    • LanMan04 says:

      I think you’re over-estimating anti-vaxer intelligence.

    • SkokieGuy says:

      A Ph.D biochemist, Brian Hooker, whose son became autistic after a series of vaccinations, has recently filed a suit against the CDC for violating the Freedom of Information Act by not releasing data he has been requesting since 2005 regarding CDC studies that dismissed mercury vaccine dangers.

      If the link is so thoroughly debunked, why on earth would a a government agency not release their own data?

      http://www.naturalnews.com/033902_CDC_vaccines.html
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      And we are still injecting people with mercury.

      The flu shot contains a mixture of egg proteins including bird contaminant viruses. It also contains polysorbate 80 (associated with infertility in animals), formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), Triton X100 (detergent), sucrose (sugar), and thimerisol (50% mercury by weight). The multi-dose flu vaccines still contain mercury which is the third most toxic item known to mankind.

      Flulaval, the most commonly prescribed flu vaccine on the market, contains 25ug of mercury per dose along with formaldehyde…..In fact, this dose of thimerosol exceeds the EPA’s safety limit of mercury exposure by over 250 times.

      http://drdavidbrownstein.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-is-time-to-consider-whether-you.html
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      I’m not anti-vaccination, but I think its rather anti-science to say everything’s completely settled and there’s no reason for further study.

      • pop top says:

        “I’m not anti-vaccination, but I think its rather anti-science to say everything’s completely settled and there’s no reason for further study.”

        I didn’t say that either.

      • MrEvil says:

        Actually, that’s only 10 times the EPA *daily* limit (2.05 micrograms), a little over double the weekly limit and well within the monthly maximum. You’re not getting shot up with vaccines every day are you? Just go without eating Fish for a month and you’ll be fine.

      • David says:

        I understand that you’re saying you’re not anti-vaccine — good! Spend a little a more time with your searches and cast a wider net; that first link you have is clearly an article for a website with an agenda and they’re not going to let silly little things like facts and research get in their way.

        As for the “mercury in vaccinces” thing — thermisol has been eliminated from most vaccines, and there haven’t any studies that have linked thermisol in vaccines to *any* advese effects. Furthermore, the mercury in thermisol is ethyl mercury, not methyl mercury (which is what most toxicity studies look at). Studies have shown that ethyl mercury is less toxic than methyl mercury. A 2002 study looked at blood mercury levels for infants recieving vaccines and found that the mercury levels in the blood did not exceed safety guidelines and that the mercury was removed from the blood faster than expected with methyl mercury.

        http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228

      • David says:

        I understand that you’re saying you’re not anti-vaccine — good! Spend a little a more time with your searches and cast a wider net; that first link you have is clearly an article for a website with an agenda and they’re not going to let silly little things like facts and research get in their way.

        As for the “mercury in vaccinces” thing — thermisol has been eliminated from most vaccines, and there haven’t any studies that have linked thermisol in vaccines to *any* advese effects. Furthermore, the mercury in thermisol is ethyl mercury, not methyl mercury (which is what most toxicity studies look at). Studies have shown that ethyl mercury is less toxic than methyl mercury. A 2002 study looked at blood mercury levels for infants recieving vaccines and found that the mercury levels in the blood did not exceed safety guidelines and that the mercury was removed from the blood faster than expected with methyl mercury.

        http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228

      • SkokieGuy says:

        The FDA doesn’t have an agenda? LOL. Don’t you think that doctors who believe in complementary medicine have far less of an agenda than our government or big pharma?

        Exactly how would they profit on a massive scale from encouraging people to question mainstream medicine?

        I choose not tot get flu shots or flue vaccines (and haven’t had the flu since I’m a child). How did someone profit from my decision based on the publicizing of the info of the ingredients?

        And why didn’t the CDC release their studies from 2005?

      • Szleegs says:

        I might put more credibility into your citations if they were real citations. This is a bunk “news” site and a blog.

        Also, the original Lancet article which started this whole BS 10 years ago has been completely retracted, and BMJ had an extensive investigative report tracing all 12 children in the study. Every single one represented falsified data.

      • Lt. Coke says:

        Seriously? You’ve been on the internet, and you’ve done this little research on this subject? And you’re advertising this fact? It’s ridiculous. This crap has been around forever, it’s all been debunked so many times, it makes me depressed to think about all the money that was wasted on this avenue of research.

        Vaccines do not cause autism. There is no mechanism for it to do so; there is no documented way for it to happen. No study has ever confirmed it to be possible. No study has ever proposed a verifiable mechanism by which vaccines could cause autism. Fuck, nobody even knows for sure how to figure out if someone’s autistic, let alone what’s causing it. There’s been a steep rise in autism cases in the last few decades, but there are so so so many different reasons for that. People have a better idea on how to define autism; people are bringing their kids to the doctor more often when they see their kid being very anti-social; doctors overdiagnose; the moon is slightly further away from the earth, causing tides to slightly muddle everyone’s brain through some unknown mechanism, thereby improving the chance that someone gets born with autism. WE DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER, but it’s probably not vaccines. Every time we try to test to see if it’s vaccines, it looks like it probably isn’t.

        Please, for the God-Emperor of Man and for the future of humanity, learn how to research your shit before you start displaying it to the rest of the internet. Emperor help us all if you represent our future in any way at all, because I’m not sure I want to live in a world where people display their ignorance so proudly, as if they should feel no shame for their intellectual laziness. Get a grip on reality, read reputable research from reputable science journals about scientists doing real science that is verifiable, testable, observable, and has the bonus of not falling to pieces at the weakest of inquiries. You see something questionable on a blog (or I guess in your case, something you’d normally blindly believe)? Google it. Someone’s already debunked that claim, or a very similar claim, or maybe putting it into Google will make you realize how silly it was to believe that it could’ve been true in the first place.

        Why is this so important? Look up ‘Rubella’ or ‘symptoms of measles’ or maybe ‘Polio survival chance.’ That’s why this crap’s important. Every meatbag out there that isn’t vaccinated puts the rest of us at risk of getting mutated versions of these things, and these are things we usually don’t survive when we’re exposed to them. If I ever make the mistake of having kids, woe unto thee that gives them whooping cough because they didn’t want to endure the poke of a needle or maybe 5 minutes of googling.

        tldr; If someone tells you that the entire scientific establishment is lying, and that the scientific studies proving them wrong are invalid, they’re probably lying to you. You should verify every claim, especially ones related to your life and the lives of those around you.

  3. LightningUsagi says:

    “The mosquito-borne disease, which infects 225 million people each year and kills 781,000 victims, but a new vaccine has cut the number of infections of test subjects in half in the year following vaccination.”

    Is it just me, or is that not a complete sentence?

  4. theycallmeGinger says:

    Wow, this is a really big deal. Not so much for the US, but a serious step forward for countries that battle malaria. I was kind of hoping they’d found a way to kill off the world’s mosquito population… That would be a miracle.

    • pop top says:

      Unfortunately that would ruin most ecosystems. What we should do is help get bird and bat populations back to their original (or as close as possible) numbers so they can help control the pests. They should also let people keeps bats as pets because I want one dammit. :|

      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        Come to my neighborhood and buy an old house. You’ll have absolutely no problem finding a pet bat in your attic.

      • theycallmeGinger says:

        Would it, though? There are plenty of other flying insects for birds and bats to feed on. Mosquitoes are the one insect that seem to do more harm than good, especially when it comes to spreading deadly disease. This is just an uninformed opinion of mine, but I did a quick google on it and it seems the views are mixed:

        http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100721/full/466432a.html

        Oh and at our house, we have a crapload of bats and an even bigger crapload of mosquitoes. So while they help, they don’t exactly solve the problem.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Nasty as they are, the mosquitoes are food for a lot of animals. The malaria vaccine is a genuine breakthrough in world health and I hope they don’t get greedy with it. Otherwise I will have to come out and kick some butt!

  5. Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

    This is fantastic, a great step for science and people in still developing countries. What wonderful news.

    • dolemite says:

      I dunno…it’s going to sound harsh but…we’re already basically close to the population limit for our planet. Disease actually performs a vital function of the ecosystem. And as long as the people that can barely feed themselves keep popping out kids like a vending machine, the problems will get worse.

      Well, I guess it will resolve itself when we run out of food and water, but I was hoping the days of Mad Max would hold off until I am not here anymore.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        I was thinking how devastating this will be to the African population given they can barely care for their total population with a large number dying from malaria. Imagine how hard it will be now that a large percentage won’t die, or die from starvation instead.

  6. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    If the pharmaceutical industry was not-for-profit (i.e. paid for through taxes and not allowed to have obscene profits) we probably would have gotten rid of malaria decades ago.

    • SkokieGuy says:

      Bingo! Couldn’t agree more.

      • Lt. Coke says:

        It’s true. Vaccines aren’t very profitable. None of them are. They’re hard to produce and they don’t sell for all that much. The only reasons companies make them is for the stability – governments buy lots of vaccines all the time, so it’s a stable, steady income.

  7. Portlandia says:

    Ugh, I’m going to the amazon in November and I’ve already had my Yellow Fever, Typhone, Hep A/B, Flu and Tetnus shots….they also gave me a antibiotic to fight Malaria which I basically have to take the whole time there and for 28 days after. What a pain in the ass…I wish this was out sooner!!!

  8. kc-guy says:

    This is great news. I’ve always been annoyed by the incessant “AIDS in Africa” fundraisers and Bono-fied celebrity charity whatnots when more people are infected with malaria in a single year than have ever died of AIDS… ever.

    It seems dishonest to me. The money goes towards AIDS because malaria is no longer common in the Western world. It’s not about Africa, it’s about everyone else.