June 2, 2023

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Malaria: Ghana becomes first country to approve R21 vaccine after Oxford confirms safety

  • James Gallagher
  • BBC Science and Medical Correspondent

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Ghana has become the first country to approve a new malaria vaccine that the scientists behind it have described as “world-changing”.

A vaccine called R21 appears to be highly effective, which differs sharply from previous programs in the same field.

Regulators of the pharmaceutical sector in Ghana evaluated the final trial data on the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, which has not yet been published, and decided to use it.

The World Health Organization is also considering approving the vaccine.

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