Malaria: a vaccine developed in Africa will be deployed on a large scale (WHO)
“Today is … a historic day,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. This long-awaited malaria vaccine is a breakthrough for science, child health and the fight against malaria.
According to the head of WHO, the use of this vaccine, developed in Africa by African scientists, “in addition to existing tools” to prevent malaria “could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.
The UN agency’s recommendation is based on the results of an ongoing pilot program in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that has reached more than 800,000 children since 2019.
Malaria remains the leading cause of death in Africa, with more than 200 million cases and 400,000 deaths each year, two-thirds of which are among children under the age of five in Africa.