The World Health Organization recommends the use of a malaria vaccine for the first time

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The fight against malaria gained momentum on Wednesday, with the World Health Organization recommending widespread use of an existing vaccine, the first time the United Nations agency has supported a malaria vaccine.

According to the World Health Organization, the vaccine, known as RTSS, will be recommended for widespread use in children living in sub-Saharan Africa, and in any other region with high rates of malaria.

“This is a historic moment,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The long-awaited pediatric malaria vaccine is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control.”

He added that in addition to the prevention systems already in use, a vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives annually.

Bloomberg News reported that the approval to use the vaccine against malaria, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and kills 400,000 people each year, came after more than three decades of work and an investment of about one billion dollars.

Bloomberg added that the vaccine was developed by GlaxoSmith.

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