World gets its first Malaria Vaccine

  • In a major development, the WHO approved the world's vaccine to fight the deadly disease of malaria

  • According to Malaria takes 400,000 lives every year and the majority of these cases are accounted for by the sub-Saharan African region. Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria, the agency said.

  • The announcement was made by the WHO director-general who stated that the vaccine which was first administered in 2019 in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi has proved to be effective

  • Further, it has recommended 4 shots till the age of two for children living in areas with moderate to high prevalence of malria

  • The vaccine is RTS,S/AS01 which was first made in 1987 by Pharmaceutical giant GSK in 1987

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