Malawi ready with Malaria vaccine
Malawi media oriented on Malaria vaccine. LILONGWE– Malawi has introduced Malaria vaccines in a bid to contain the disease which is still killing 2, 500 people yearly from six million cases. Deputy Director for Ministry of Health, Michael Kayange told the media orientation in Salima that Malawi introduced the vaccine after participating in three phases of…
By Dorica Mtenje
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi has introduced Malaria vaccines in a bid to contain the disease which is still killing 2, 500 people yearly from six million cases.
Deputy Director for Ministry of Health, Michael Kayange told the media orientation in Salima that Malawi introduced the vaccine after participating in three phases of malaria track through University of North Carolina (UNC) project.
Kayange said World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the roll out of the vaccine in the country on October 6, 2021.
He said the vaccine effectively work in children from five months to 17 months with an assurance of two years protection.
Kayange however said currently global vaccine supply may not meet the demand and the vaccine might be insufficient through the first 4 to 6 years.
He observes that there is need for Malaria burden stratification and vaccine prioritization exercise to identify priority districts.
He therefore said the country has received donation from Give Way for the pilot vaccine for the 11 districts.
Meanwhile the country has applied to Global Alliance on Vaccine Initiative (Gavi) for seven additional districts.
The country will roll out of the vaccine on November 29, 2022 in Mchinji.
The 11 districts including Karonga, Nkhataby, Ntchisi,Mchinji, Lilongwe rural, Mangochi machinga Balaka, Phalombe, Chikwawa, and Nsanje
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