Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that the world’s first malaria vaccine should be given to children across Africa.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s Africa director said:
“Today’s recommendation offers a glimmer of hope for the continent which shoulders the heaviest burden of the disease and we expect many more African children to be protected from malaria and grow into healthy adults.”
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Why people are running away from taking AstraZeneca vaccine
France is working to fix the disastrous image of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country after many in the country feel reluctant to take it.
unlike the vaccine made by Pfizer and Moderna, the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been questioned after confusion about its trial results have eroded people’s confidence in it.
France President Emmanuel Macron was among those to disparage the jab, saying in late January that the vaccine seemed “quasi-ineffective” in people above 65 years.
Following President Macron’s comments, France’s Health Authority made an official recommendation on 2 February that the vaccine should not be used for people over 65.
It said more studies were needed before it was rolled out to older age groups. This automatically sends a wrong signal to people worldwide about the vaccine.
Based on the above, other European countries also recommend it for people under 65. Switzerland which is not a member of the European Union has ruled against approving the vaccine to be used by its citizens.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she won’t take AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine because she’s too old, noting that the vaccine has been approved for only people under 65 in Germany, and she is 66.
While some poor countries would be happy to have the vaccine, more than 1.4 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine are sitting in storage in Germany because Germans are scared to take it. The healthcare workers in Germany have reportedly administered only 240,000 doses so far.
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