Ghana gears up for world’s first malaria vac­cine

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - World News -

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.

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