January 22

Cameroon Begins Routine Malaria Shots in Global Milestone

The global fight against malaria took a stride forward on Monday as Cameroon started the world’s first routine vaccine programme against the mosquito-borne disease, although Reuters journalists witnessed few people in clinics receiving the shot.
Around 40 years in the making, the World Health Organization (WHO)-approved RTS,S vaccine developed by British drugmaker GSK is meant to work alongside existing tools such as bed nets to combat malaria, which in Africa kills nearly half a million children under the age of five each year.
Photo courtesy of Tom.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
public health, vaccines