The vaccine is called RTS,S and is designed for children in Africa. It would be the first licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease and could help prevent millions of cases of malaria, which currently kills more than 600,000 people a year.

The shot is expected to be approved for use on the continent from October after final trial data showed it offered partial protection for up to four years.

So, can malaria be eradicated?

Presenter: Martine Dennis

Guests:

Adrian Hill, director of Jenner Institute at Oxford University where he specialises in human genetics.

Rayaz Malik, professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar.

Vasee Moorthy of the World Health Organisation.

Kwaku Poku Asante, head of research at Kintampo Health Research Centre.

Source: Al Jazeera