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WHO has recommended widespread use of the malaria vaccine for children in areas with severe risk of contracting malaria.

World Health Organization has approved the first malaria vaccine Mosquirix for use among children in Africa.

World Health Organization has approved the first malaria vaccine Mosquirix for use among children in Africa.WHO has been coordinating the research for malaria vaccine with GlaxoSmithKline and through a partnership with PATH, with support from a network of African research centers. The vaccine results from 30 years of research and development but is only about 30 percent effective and requires up to four doses.

Malaria is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and is most deadly for children under five years of age.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the decision to recommend the malaria vaccine based on an ongoing pilot program in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. Since 2019 more than 800,000 children have been administered the vaccine. So far, 2.3 million vaccine doses have been given to children across those three countries, and the study results show a favorable safety profile.

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