Developers at the University of Oxford has reported that a malaria vaccine has proven to be 77% effective. Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year, mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa.
The University says the vaccine could have a significant public health impact. Researchers say the vaccine was tested on 450 children in Burkina Faso- over 12 months and was found to be safe.
World malaria day is commemorated on the 25th of April yearly. Goodbye Malaria says that during these unprecedented times, malaria should remain on the agenda at all times and achieve the zero malaria target.
In a statement, World Health Organization said despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of these countries reported zero indigenous malaria cases in 2020, while others made impressive progress in their journey to becoming malaria-free.