News in the Humanosphere: WHO launches malaria vaccine trial in 3 African countries

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito. Credit: Sanofi Pasteur/flickr

The World Health Organization has chosen Ghana, Kenya and Malawi as the countries where the world’s first malaria vaccine will be tested next year on young children. The injectable vaccine, known as RTS,S, or Mosquirix, was developed by the British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. The test will be conducted on babies and toddlers, aged 5 to 17 months. Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. WHO said in a statement the pilot program “will assess the feasibility of delivering the required four doses of RTS,S, the vaccine’s potential role in reducing childhood deaths, and its safety in routine use. (VOA http://bit.ly/2paepMq)

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Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.