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WHO approves world first malaria vaccine

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Key Points: 

  • Landmark announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the use of the first-ever malaria vaccine for children.


  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus endorsed the RTS,S/AS01 malaria or Mosquirix  vaccine developed by British drug maker Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)


  • RTS,S malaria vaccine -more than 30 years in the making -changes the course of public health history.


Significance: 

  • WHO given statement a recommendation the widespread application of the vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions with moderate to high malaria transmission.


  • The vaccine acts against plasmodium falciparum one of five parasite species and the most deadly.


  • The symptoms of malaria are-fever, headaches, and muscle pain, then cycles of chills, fever, and sweating.


  • WHO this year projected demand for a malaria vaccine would be 50 to 110 million doses per year by 2030.

 

Source: Mint

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