Twelve African countries will receive a malaria vaccine | News
The Global Alliance for Vaccination (Gavi) together with international organizations, reported this Wednesday that twelve African countries will receive 18 million doses of the first vaccine against malaria in the next two years.
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“RTS,S/AS01 vaccine has been administered to more than 1.7 million children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi since 2019 and has been shown to be safe and effective, resulting in a substantial reduction in severe malaria and a drop in child deaths”, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated.
According to this body, to distribute the vaccine, the principles described in the framework for the allocation of a limited supply of malaria vaccines have been taken into account, which favors the areas most in need and where the risk of disease and deaths in children it is higher.
In this regard, the general director of Gavi Country Program Delivery, Thabani Maphosa, has indicated that the compound "has the potential to have a great impact in the fight against malaria, and when widely implemented together with other interventions, it can prevent tens of thousands of deaths in the future every year”
Initially, the vaccine had been allocated to Kenya and Malawi, but in countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone and Uganda, it will be introduced for the first time.
In this way, at this time the distribution will use the supply of vaccine doses available to Gavi, Vaccine Alliance through the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), and it is expected that the first doses will reach the countries in the last quarter of 2023, to begin with the inoculation in the first stage of 2024.
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