Children in Africa are being given their first dose of a vaccination against malaria. Mosquirix or RTS, S/AS01 can be given to children aged between six weeks and 17 months and is said to be 30% effective against severe cases of malaria. The deadliest form of malaria is caused by the bite of a mosquito, Plasmodium falciparum. This malaria vaccine is being offered by three national ministries of health through their childhood vaccination programmes. Over 8,00,000 children from Kenya, Ghana and Malawi have been immunised as part of the vaccine’s trial study.
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