The first countries to get the malaria vaccine are Malawi, Kenya, and Ghana starting with 2018. The RTS, S vaccine is bound to trigger the immune system to attack the malaria parasite. This terrible virus is spread by mosquito bites. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the new vaccines might be able to save the lives of thousands of people.
Starting with 2018, Kenya, Ghana and Malawi will benefit from the malaria vaccine
Nevertheless, it is not clear if this treatment will also be used in the poorest areas of the globe. This vaccine needs to be undergone four times, once every month for three months and then the fourth dose will be administered after 18 months since the last dose. Specialists argued that they obtained satisfactory results when developing controlled clinical trials.
Nevertheless, it is not clear yet if they will receive the same outcomes in the real world where people have limited access to health care. Currently, the WHO is developing pilots in three countries to find out whether they could start a full malaria vaccine program there. This organization will continue to examine the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine.
The vaccine brought successful results after the trials
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the regional director of the WHO for Africa, stated that the outlook of a malaria vaccine represents great news. She argued that the data which was collected during the pilot program is bound to help the organization decide upon the wider use of the new vaccine. If the vaccine is combined with several other malaria interventions, it may have the potential to save the lives of thousands of individuals in Africa.
The pilot program will survey and test over 750,000 children with ages between five and 17 months. Half of them will get this vaccine to compare the results with the jab’s effectiveness in the real world. In this age group, all four doses were proved to prevent 4 out of 10 malaria cases. These results indicate a lower figure than the outcomes of approved vaccines for other illnesses.
Specialists chose Malawi, Kenya, and Ghana due to the fact that they already have undergone programs to annihilate malaria, involving the use of bed nets. Despite these measures, they still show a high number of malaria cases. Each country is prone to decide how they will run their vaccination pilots. However, the most affected areas will be prioritized.
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