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The RTS,S Malaria Vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. The vaccine needs to be given four times – once a month for three months and then a fourth dose 18 months later.
It is why the World Health Organization (WHO) is running pilots in three countries to see if a full malaria vaccine programme could be started. The pilot will involve more than 750,000 children aged between five and 17 months. Around half will get the vaccine in order to compare the jab’s real-world effectiveness.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO regional director for Africa, said: “The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa.” See the full story here… bbc.co.uk
Malaria claims around 430,000 victims each year: most of them babies and young children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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