WHO: Vaccinate African Children Against Malaria
The only vaccine against malaria could be widely used in African children, says the World Health Organization WHO. About 250,000 children in Africa die from malaria every year.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke of a historic day and a breakthrough. According to him, tens of thousands of lives could be saved every year.
He emphasized that other measures against malaria remain necessary, such as mosquito nets. This is because the parasite that causes the disease is transmitted by malaria mosquitoes.
The drug RTS,S, also called Mosquirix, was developed by the British pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline. Six years ago, it turned out to be effective. As a result, the African country of Malawi became the first country in the world to use the vaccine in 2019.
Ghana and Kenya also participated in this WHO test, in which more than 800,000 children were vaccinated. Based on this, it has now been decided to deploy the means more widely.