The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it is recommending a malaria vaccine in children who live in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with malaria transmission. According to WHO, more than 260,000 African children under the age of 5 die annually mosquito borne diseases.
vaccine, called mosquito, made by GlaxoSmithKline and is 30% effective in reducing severe malaria because of Plasmodium falciparumAccording to the CDC, malaria is the most lethal type of malaria. Plasmodium falciparum is common in African countries south of the Sahara Desert. The WHO said its recommendation is based on encouraging results from a pilot program in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that involved more than 800,000 children.
The WHO said the vaccine is recommended in children at risk of malaria starting at 5 months of age and is a series of four doses.
Mosquirix is the first vaccine developed to protect against malaria, but its 30% effectiveness rate is not accurate. When used with other measures to help stop the spread of malaria, such as bed netting with insecticide, the vaccine “has the potential to save thousands of young people every year,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
It is also the first vaccine designed to prevent parasitic infection. The New York Times reported, which is much more complicated than developing a vaccine for a virus or bacteria.
“Today’s recommendation offers a ray of hope for the continent, which has the greatest burden of the disease,” Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, said in a statement. “And we expect many more African children to be protected from malaria and grow into healthy adults.”
due to malaria flu-like illness and may cause high fever, chills, headache and other symptoms, according to the CDC, but it can be treated If anyone has access to medical care. In 2019, children under 5 made 67 percent of malaria deaths worldwide, according to WHO, most of them are in Africa.
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