Photo: AP malaria is transmitted through mosquito bites
Vaccination will be subjected to more than 750 thousand children aged five to 17 months.
The world health organization announced the beginning of the practical tests the world’s first officially approved vaccine against malaria. The pilot project will start in 2018 in three countries – Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.
The vaccine, known as RTS,S and “Mosquirix”, teaches the immune system to attack parasitic organisms transmitted to humans through the bites of mosquitoes and causing deadly disease.
Vaccination will be subjected to more than 750 thousand children aged five to 17 months. Clinical trials in this age group showed the worst results – only four of the ten cases, the vaccine can actually prevent the disease malaria.
Anti-malarial vaccination should be done four times – the first three doses for three months, and the fourth – six months later . Without the fourth, the final dose of the vaccine is greatly reduced.
This regime was maintained in clinical trials, but it is difficult to say whether it will be possible to strictly follow the vaccination program in the world’s poorest countries, where access to health care is limited.
That is why who runs pilot projects in three African countries. Its results will also be made conclusions about the safety and efficacy of a new vaccine.
Every year from malaria in the world killed hundreds of thousands of people. The who States that the vaccine, developed by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), can save tens of thousands of lives.
We will remind, last year in Greece has suspended accepting donor blood for malaria.
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