Burkina Faso gives nod to new Malaria vaccine

The health authorities in Burkina Faso have given the go-ahead for a new malaria vaccine to be used on young children offering hope that millions of lives can be saved.

The R21 vaccine has already been approved in Ghana and Nigeria.

Malaria is the leading cause of infant mortality in Burkina Faso, and Health Minister Robert Kargougou says this new vaccine will be an extremely important tool in the effort to eliminate the disease.

Researchers say trials involving 5,000 children have been successful.

The R21 vaccine will be available for children aged between five months and 36 months – and each dose is likely to cost a couple of US dollars.

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