JOHANNESBURG, The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the world’s first malaria vaccine, RTS,S, will be launched in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi next year.
It added that clinical trials had shown that the injectable vaccine provided partial protection against malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum in young children.
WHO statistics indicated that approximately 429,000 people died of malaria in 2015, the majority of them young children in Africa.
The RTS,S vaccine is the first malaria vaccine to successfully complete a Phase 3 clinical trial, conducted between 2009 and 2014 in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK