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WHO Approves World's First Malaria Vaccine

BP World Bureau | Oct 07 2021 09:54:19 AM
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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: World Health Organization (WHO) approved the world's first malaria vaccine. 

Vaccine, the RTS,S/AS01 works against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly in Africa. 

WHO reviewed a pilot programme deployed in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi where over two million doses were given of the vaccine, initially made by the pharmaceutical company GSK in 1987.

WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the broad use of the world's first malaria vaccine is recommended. 

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Children in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high malaria transmission have been recommended to get four doses up to the age of two, by the WHO. 

Malaria is a vector-borne disease. The majority of deaths due to Malaria worldwide are in six sub-Saharan African countries.