The World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved a malaria vaccine for children in Africa. The vaccine which is called RTS,S – was proven effective six years ago.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, announced the development at a press briefing on Wednesday.
Dr Ghebreyesus, said it was “a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control, it could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.”
Ghebreyesus said the vaccine will improve efforts on malaria prevention in Africa.
The WHO says the vaccine should be rolled out across sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high malaria transmission after the success of pilot immunisation programmes in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.
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