Pilot Malaria Vaccine Launched in Malawi

In a previous post, I expressed my views on vaccinations. Well, I recently came across some disturbing news and felt the need to share it with you all. The following information comes out of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The world’s first Malaria vaccine, RTS, S, was launched in Malawi. Malaria is one of the largest killers in Africa, with more than 250,000 children dying each year. Worldwide, more than 435,000 people die per year. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised the following:

“We have seen tremendous gains from bed nets and other measures to control malaria in the last 15 years, but progress has stalled and even reversed in some areas. We need new solutions to get the malaria response back on track, and this vaccine gives us a promising tool to get there.”

The RTS, S vaccine was found to prevent approximately 4 in 10 malaria cases, including 3 in 10 severe cases. This pilot program is a collaborative effort with the ministries of health in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and a range of in-country & international partners who are donating up to 10 million vaccine doses. Their aim is to reach about 360,000 children per year across those three countries. The Chief Medical Officer of GSK Vaccines, Dr. Thomas Breuer, stated the following:

“Delivering the world’s first malaria vaccine will help reduce the burden of one of the most pressing health challenges globally. This novel tool is the result of GSK employees collaborating with their partners, applying the latest in vaccine science to contribute to the fight against malaria.”

You can check out the full article by clicking here. If you have any additional information on the RTS, S, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…

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