A malaria vaccine that took more than 30 years to be developed and almost USD 1 billion in investment will now be available in three African countries — Malawi, Ghana and Kenya, as part of children’s routine immunisation schedules.
There has been an estimated 219 million cases and 435,000 deaths across 87 countries, with more than 90% of these in Africa, Forbes reported.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the vaccine prevented approximately 39 percent cases of malaria over 4 years and 29 percent cases of severe malaria among children aged 5–17 months who received 4 doses of RTS,S.
“While the new vaccine will reduce mortality in children in high-risk malaria areas, there are limitations because of issues and difficulties in maintaining durable protection after a child has been vaccinated,” Dr Dave Knight, an Occupational Health and Public Health physician at International SOS, told Forbes.
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