Background

Malaria is a major cause of illness and death on our planet, with around half the world’s population at risk of infection. Recent attempts at a new vaccine, including Bill Gates and GlaxoSmithKline world’s largest malaria vaccine trial, have proven unsuccessful.  However, all is not lost, as a new vaccine developed in Ireland is now undergoing clinical trials. Kathriona meets Prof Sam McConkey, Head of International Health and Tropical Medicine at RCSI to find out about the development of this potential vaccine, and speaks to some of the volunteers who are involved in the clinical trials. In Oxford, Kathriona meets Irish researcher Adrian Hill who is conducting Phase II of the trial which will test whether the vaccine (now proven safe in Phase I) produces an immunological response to Malaria in the body…