WHO endorses world's first malaria vaccine

The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the world’s first malaria vaccine and said it should be given to children across Africa in the hope that it will spur stalled efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called it “a historic moment” after a meeting in which two of the U.N. health agency’s expert advisory groups recommended the step.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s Africa director said Wednesday’s recommendation offers a glimmer of hope for the continent, which shoulders the heaviest burden of the disease.

Adolphus Mawolo reports.

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