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WHO Endorses First Malaria Vaccine

The World Health Organization on Wednesday endorsed the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine, the first against the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly African children. The decision followed a review of a pilot programme deployed since 2019 in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in which more than two …

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases surpass 8.27 million: Africa CDC

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,275,465 as of Monday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 209,998. …

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Scientists confirm resistance of malaria parasites to WHO treatment in Africa

Scientists, yesterday, confirmed that malaria parasites in Africa had developed resistance to World Health Organisation (WHO)-approved drug-of-choice/frontline medication, Artemisinin Combination Therapies (ACTs). The ‘gold standard’ treatment for the ailment, the drug family, including artemisinin and its derivatives, are often administered alongside ‘partner’ medicines in what are called ACTs, because multiple …

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