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First malaria vaccine nears approval for use in Africa

from BBC

(elbcradio.com/July 25, 2015)-The world's first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles, prior to it being approved for use in Africa.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

According to the BBC, the malaria vaccine represents a 'green light' for the Mosquirix jab, developed by Glaxo-Smith-Kline.

The BBC quotes the World Health Organization (WHO) as saying it will consider, later this year (2015), whether to recommend the vaccine for children, among whom trials have yielded mixed results.

Malaria kills over 500,000 people yearly worldwide, most of whom are children under five in sub-Saharan Africa.

 


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