Ghana gears up for world’s first malaria vaccine
Ghana is getting ready for the smooth pilot of the world’s first malaria vaccine later in the year. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will be the first African countries to try out the Mosquirix vaccine, which acts against Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most prevalent in Africa.
Specifically, the pilot implementation program will evaluate the feasibility of delivering the required four doses of the vaccine, impact of the vaccine on lives saved, and the safety of the vaccine in the context of routine use. The vaccine is being considered as a complementary malaria control tool in Ghana that could potentially be added to and not replace the core package of proven malaria preventive, diagnostic and treatment interventions such as bed nets and indoor spraying with insecticides.