GENEVA: For decades people have suffered from untreatable malaria disease. October 6th marked a new day in medical history as World Health Organisation recommended the broad use of the world’s first malaria vaccine.
“This long-awaited malaria vaccine is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control. Using this vaccine in addition to existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year“, said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
In a media briefing conducted by WHO, Tedros mentioned how he had longed for this day. Remembering his old days as a malaria researcher, he said, “As some of you may know, I started my career as a malaria researcher, and I longed for the day that we would have an effective vaccine against this ancient and terrible disease. Today is that day; an historic day”.
The world’s first malaria vaccine RTS,S is a result of 30 years of research and making. The recommendation comes from WHO as a result of an ongoing pilot programme that has reached 800k+ children since 2019. “This malaria vaccine is a gift to the world“, said Tedros.
The vaccine rollout and WHO’s recommendation to use it on a broader scale will change the course of health and medicine. And it will come out as a boon to developing or underdeveloped countries which suffer numerous death from the disease.