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Ghana Pilots World's First Malaria Vaccine

Worldwide, Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year with most deaths occurring among young children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Although existing interventions have significantly reduced malaria deaths over the past 15 years, a vaccine could be a significant complementary add-on for malaria control efforts.

RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) is the first malaria vaccine shown to provide partial protection against malaria in young children. It will be the first malaria vaccine provided to young children through national immunization programs in three sub-Saharan African countries—Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi.

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