Given that malaria is one of the world’s leading killers, especially of African children, today’s launch of a pilot program to immunize babies in Malawi with the RTS, S vaccine offers global health officials and scientists a chance to see if it can jump-start stalled progress in the battle against the disease.
An estimated 450,000 people die of malaria each year, and, according to current estimates, the disease kills one child every 2 minutes. Most are in Africa, where the malaria death toll in kids reaches 250,000 every year.
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Apr 23 WHO statement
Apr 23 Gavi statement
Apr 5 WHO SAGE media briefing
January WHO malaria vaccine program Q and A