Argentina and Algeria have officially been certified as free of malaria by the WHO, both becoming the second country in their respective regions to achieve this certification.
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A large-scale trial of RTS,S – the world’s first malaria vaccine to provide partial protection – is due to commence in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana.
A huge upsurge in malaria cases has been caused by Venezuela’s socioeconomic and political crisis, undoing years of progress and endangering neighbouring countries, according to research presented at ECCMID.
A single, oral dose of antimalarial DSM265 has cleared seven volunteers of a Plasmodium falciparum infection, according to the trial from the Medicines for Malaria Venture.
Take a look at this month’s industry headlines including Priority Review for two antibacterial agents from Merck (NJ, USA), a clinical trial for a new malaria drug and the launch of omadacycline in the USA.
A review of Venezuela’s current crisis has given cause for concern, highlighting the increased rate of re-emergence and spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease, dengue and Zika virus.
With progress plateauing for a second consecutive year and global financing also levelling off, the WHO has called for a ‘high burden to high impact’ country-led strategy.