Australian researchers say a new vaccine for malaria is essential as the disease’s distribution has been shifting and changing more frequently globally.

Malaria is still a major threat to over half of the global population. The disease kills more than 600,000 people every year, most of these being children under five.

Recent vaccines have been proven to be not fully effective with waning immunity. Now researchers are seeking to understand the life cycle of the Plasmodium parasite and identify weak points that a new vaccine could target.

Produced By: Toni Pankaluic

Featured In Story: Jake Baur – Professor of Infectious Diseases and Head of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales

First aired on The Wire, Thursday 27 April 2023