World’s first malaria vaccine recommended to young children, by WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended for the first time a vaccine against the malaria disease, which in Africa, takes around 260 000 child lives every year.
According to the WHO, since last week it suggests widespread use of the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission. The recommendation is based on results from an ongoing pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that has reached more than 800 000 children since 2019.
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«This is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control,» said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. «Using this vaccine on top of existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.»
Malaria remains a primary cause of childhood illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa. More than 260 000 African children under the age of five die from malaria annually. In recent years, WHO and its partners have been reporting a stagnation in progress against the deadly disease, the UN organisation stated.