A first vaccine against malaria could be on the market by 2010 following trials in Mozambique, said the southern African country’s deputy health minister during an international conference on Tuesday.
“We think the first malaria vaccine will be available by 2010 if the tests in Manhica (north of the capital Maputo) are effective,” Aida Libombo told the gathering of health professionals.
“We hope that the future vaccine will benefit the local population and be affordable,” said the minister, adding it would cost about $60m to develop it.
Mozambican officials announced in July 2002 that they had begun testing a drug that could be developed into a malaria vaccine on several people. About four million Mozambicans suffer from malaria every year on an average, according to the health ministry.