Newsbrief: Malaria vaccine tested for the very first time within three African Countries

by Matt Smith
edited by Tyler Aragao

There are three African countries that have now agreed to test the very first Malaria vaccine that was announced Monday April 24th, according to the New York Times.

The countries are Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.  The vaccine will be injected into thousands of African children within the three countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing the effort. The director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, states in the article that they are hoping the shipment will be able to be sent over and be able to give the four doses each child needs.

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Malaria is one of the most dangerous health risk that Africa is facing. WHO reports 200 million are infected by the disease and that it kills millions of people, mostly children.

The vaccine will be tested on children ranging from the ages of five to 17 months to show if the protective drug actually works against fighting malaria.

GlaxoSmithKline is the company that is developing the vaccine and is said to have spent $49 million for just the first phase of the vaccine. The money was supplied by the companies of GAVI, UNITAID and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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