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WHO recommends second vaccine for malaria prevention in children

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p2291 (Published 04 October 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2291
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The World Health Organization has recommended a second malaria vaccine, R21/Matrix-M, for prevention of the disease in children, after a review found it to be safe and effective.

Researchers and clinicians have welcomed the decision, which they hope will go some way to reducing the more than half a million malaria related deaths seen every year, as supply of the other malaria vaccine, RTS,S, is limited.

“This second vaccine holds real potential to close the huge demand-and-supply gap,” said WHO’s regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti. “Delivered to scale and rolled out widely, the two vaccines …

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