WHO recommends world’s first malaria vaccine for children
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday it recommends the extensive use of the world’s first and only malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high levels of malaria transmission.
The recommendation was based on results from an current pilot program of vaccinations in child health clinics across Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, according to WHO.
The program, launched in 2019, demonstrated that the RTS,S/AS01 vaccine is safe, cost-effective, possible to deliver and considerably reduced deadly harsh malaria by about 30%, WHO said.
Malaria is among the dominant causes of childhood illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 260,000 African children under the age of five die from malaria yearly, according to WHO.
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