New hope for Africa as WHO green-lights first malaria vaccine

The shot is the first to prove safe and effective in a large trial and could save hundreds of thousands of lives

07 October 2021 - 19:27 By James Paton and Joel Leon

The first vaccine for malaria, the mosquito-borne disease that kills 400,000 people each year, is set to be deployed more widely after more than three decades of work and about $1bn (about R15bn) in investment.

The vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline and its partners, won a recommendation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday for use in children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high transmission. It marks a turning point in a battle against the parasite that causes malaria. ..

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