World's first malaria vaccine launched in Malawi, Africa
24/04/2019 14:44
The world's first malaria vaccine has been launched in Malawi after concerted efforts of over 30 years to protect children from the deadly disease that claims over 435,000 lives globally every year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the Government of Malawi's landmark pilot programme.

The launch of the first and only malaria vaccine, known as RTS,S, makes Malawi the first of three countries in Africa where it will be made available to children up to 2 years of age.

Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks, WHO said in a statement.