“The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control”,
WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
He added that:
“Using this vaccine on top of existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.”
Malaria has claimed the lives of uncountable children under five for eons across the world with a large percentage coming from sub-Saharan Africa.
Hence, with a recommendation of WHO and its partners in Malawi, Kenya, and Ghana; the vaccination is targeted to begin with children in sub-Saharan Africa region as well as other regions with moderate to high transmission.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, shared about the endorsement and recommendation of the vaccine:
“For centuries, malaria has stalked sub-Saharan Africa, causing immense personal suffering.
“We have long hoped for an effective malaria vaccine and now for the first time ever, we have such a vaccine recommended for widespread use,” she said.
And added that it “offers a glimmer of hope for the continent which shoulders the heaviest burden of the disease and we expect many more African children to be protected from malaria and grow into healthy adults.”
By Elijah Christopher