Kenya becomes third country to adopt world’s first malaria vaccine

Kenya on Friday became the third country to start routinely inoculating infants against malaria, using the world’s first vaccine to combat a disease that kills 800 children globally every day.

“This is the most advanced malaria vaccine that we have today. It has been in the making for the last almost three decades,” Dr Richard Mihigo, WHO’s co-ordinator of immunisation and vaccine development programme, told AFP before the Kenyan launch, which will expand to other malaria-prone areas of the country.

WHO says a child dies roughly every two minutes from malaria somewhere in the world.Most of these are in Africa, where more than 90 percent of the world’s malaria cases — and fatalities — occur.


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