By Emmanuel Nduka
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Wednesday that it has approved the first malaria vaccine in history.
According to WHO experts, the vaccine could save tens of thousands of lives every year.
The WHO also says there have been successful pilot immunisation programmes to test the vaccine in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi.
The global health organisation says the vaccine could be rolled out across sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high malaria transmission.
In an interview on Wednesday, WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noted that “The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control,” and “could save tens of thousands of young lives each year”.