Prefilled syringe with vaccine SPf66

1990-1995 in Bogota
Manuel Elkin Patarroyo

Buy this image as a print 

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

Group shot from left to right: 1994-447 Prefilled syringe in orange bubble packing, containing sample of synthetic
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Prefilled syringe in orange bubble packing, containing sample of synthetic peptide vaccine SPf66, developed by Dr. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo and collaborators as a synthetic vaccine for malaria, Bogota, Colombia, used in its first field trial outside Latin America in Tanzania, 1990-95.

Brightly coloured pre-packed syringes were used in field trials of the vaccine SPf66 in Tanzania, Africa, in 1993, the first such trials to take place outside of Latin America. The first anti-malaria vaccine was produced in 1987 by Dr Manuel Patarroyo (b. 1946) and colleagues in Bogotá, Columbia. This is a sample. The bottle of vaccine was used in 1988 during the first Colombian field trials on military volunteers. The vaccine only offers protection from the deadliest strain of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum.

Clinical trials of the vaccine were disappointing as it was found to be only thirty per cent effective against malaria. Despite this SPf66 is still the most effective vaccine developed against the disease. It is shown here with a bottled sample of vaccine SPf66 (1994-445).

On display

Science Museum: Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

If you are visiting to see this object, please contact us in advance to make sure that it will be on display.


Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
plastic (unidentified) and rubber (unidentified)
  • drug
Patarroyo, M.E.

Cite this page


We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.

Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero

Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence

Using our data


Download catalogue entry as json

View manifest in IIIF viewer

Add to Animal Crossing Art Generator

Download manifest IIIF

Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.