The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen three African countries to test the world’s first malaria vaccine. In the upcoming year, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will attempt to administer 4 vaccinations per child. These countries have implemented strong efforts to control infection. However, the surrounding conditions are so poor that reported numbers are simply not accurate.
“A global effort to counter malaria has led to a 62 percent cut in deaths between 2000 and 2015, WHO said. But the UN agency has said in the past that such estimates are based mostly on modelling and that data is so bad for 31 countries in Africa — including those believed to have the worst outbreaks — that it couldn’t tell if cases have been rising or falling in the last 15 years.
The vaccine will be tested on children five to 17 months old to see whether its protective effects shown so far in clinical trials can hold up under real-life conditions. The vaccine has taken decades of work and hundreds of millions of dollars to develop.”
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