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GSK's Malaria Vaccine Could Be Administered To Billions Of People

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Malaria kills a child every 2 minutes

Yesterday, the World Health Organisation recommended the broad use of a malaria vaccine for children, for the first time.

GSK's historic vaccine could be rolled out to billions of people.

Malaria kills a child every 2 minutes - the vast majority in sub-Saharan Africa.

Over 200 million cases are recorded every year, with approximately 260,000 child deaths

In 2019, there 409,000 deaths caused by the mosquito-transmitted illness.

One of the worst affected countries is Kenya.

Sky's Health correspondent Ashish Joshi is in Kisumu, where children are already receiving the inoculation:

Clinical trials, carried out on young children, reveal it prevents 3 out of 10 cases of severe disease.

Pedro Alonso, the WHO's Malaria Lead, says this is a landmark medical moment:

Salome Situma is a supervising nurse at Kisumu County Hospital in Kenya, where trials have been taking place:

Masuy Velma's one-year-old daughter Angel is in hospital in Kenya with the disease, but as she's had 3 doses of the vaccine in a trial, she should survive:

 

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