If successful, the shot could be a major development in the fight against malaria, which kills more than 400,000 people a year — mainly young children in Africa.
The disease is caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans.
Scientists believe mRNA technology, which prompts an immune response by delivering genetic molecules containing the code for key parts of a pathogen into human cells, could be a game-changer against several diseases.
Using this technology is also a faster way of developing a vaccine than traditional methods and could bring an end to the decades-long search for a reliable malaria shot.
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