The approval of the vaccine has come as a historic moment for children across Africa in the fight against deadly malaria. “This is a historic moment,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesas, director-general of the World Health Organization, following the approval of the vaccine on Wednesday.
“The long-awaited malaria vaccine is a breakthrough in science, child health, and malaria control. It will save the lives of millions of children every year,” he said. Malaria is still considered one of the deadliest diseases in the world, killing more children and newborns.
After nearly a century of effort, the malaria vaccine for children is being hailed as one of the greatest achievements in the medical field. The RTSS vaccine proved effective six years ago.
After conducting pilot vaccination programs in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi, the World Health Organization says it could now be used to prevent moderate to high levels of malaria in children in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.
There are more than a hundred types of malaria in the world. However, the new vaccine is effective against the most deadly but most common form in Africa. However, since the vaccine needs four doses to be effective, questions have also been raised about this.
The first three doses – in the fifth, sixth, and seventh months and another booster dose at the age of one and a half years. Pharmaceutical company GSK is preparing it. However, it will not apply to other forms of malaria outside Africa.https://bbin-csdn.com