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Pearce backs fight against malaria

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The Liberal Government will support clinical trials to test the effectiveness of a world-first malaria vaccine in an attempt to globally eradicate the deadly disease.

Malaria is a condition that affects over two hundred million people each year, including thousands of Australians who acquire it while travelling.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said rotary clubs throughout Pearce have been fundraising for the Malaria Vaccine Project through a campaign known as Rotary Against Malaria.

“Rotary clubs have raised $500,000 and the Government will match this with funding of $500,000 towards the Malaria Vaccine Project, which has developed a new novel vaccine for the disease,” Mr Porter said.

“The next stage of the Malaria Vaccine Project is to conduct more extensive clinical trials in Australia that has the potential to save millions of lives.”

Last year 403 Australian cases of overseas-acquired malaria were reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.

Mr Porter said funding will be provided to Griffith University through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to undertake clinical trials to test the effectiveness of the new malaria vaccine PlasProtect©.

“There have been many research efforts to control malaria through vaccine development, but they tend to be only partially effective,” Mr Porter said.

“This new approach will differ by using the entire malaria parasite to develop the vaccine and holds great promise.”

In addition to this latest funding, since 2016 more than $52 million has been provided to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to support research into malaria.