(Deutsche Welle) Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what's special about the new vaccine.
Deutsche Welle: A new malaria immunization method that you tested on 67 healthy individuals was 100 percent successful in the first round of testing. Is this a breakthrough in the fight against malaria?
Peter Kremsner: We sure hope so. The success we had with this new approach to malaria immunization surprised us, too.
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New malaria vaccines have been released quite frequently. What is different about your results?
We took the living parasites and put them in a vaccine, which we then gave the individuals together with an anti-malaria drug. That drug is ingested orally. The parasites get into the liver, but the illness only breaks out when they reach the bloodstream - and that's where the anti-malaria drug catches them. It weakens or kills the parasites so that they can't do any harm anymore.
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