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Former President John Dramani Mahama has expressed his gratitude towards the World Health Organization for being able to finally come out with a vaccine for malaria.

Mr. Mahama took to his facebook page to congratulate the World Health Organization on their success and to also thank some individuals and countries like Malawi and Kenya for their support and dedication towards achieving this.

According to him Ghana’s ”expression of interest in 2016 to the WHO and active participation in the Malaria vaccine pilot program has led to the approval of the vaccine to be deployed in Sub-Saharan Africa and other malaria endemic regions.”

It was reported that the World Health Organization has approved of Mosquirix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline in 1987 as the first ever malaria vaccine after several years of trial.

While it’s the first to be authorized, it does face challenges.

It is only about 30% effective, it requires up to four doses, and its protection fades after several months.

Joshua Narh

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