The New Malaria Vaccine Program for African Children Is Promising but Still Quite Limited
By Paul Adepoju
Over the coming weeks and months hundreds of thousands of infants under two years old in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will receive the first vaccine that has demonstrated it can significantly reduce malaria in children through their countries’ national immunization programs.
The vaccine has already been dispatched and the nurses and community workers who will administer it have been trained. The exercise in the three countries will establish the feasibility, impact and safety of the RTS,S malaria vaccine.
But even with the optimism and fanfare in the health development community it is still of limited use.
Photo courtesy of CDC Global.
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