Geneva, Switzerland, December 2, 2021— Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund issued the following statement on today’s decision from the Gavi Board:
Back in October, the WHO endorsed the first-ever malaria vaccine for children. Today’s decision by the Gavi Board builds on that historic moment. It is the opportunity to put the intervention into action— to start getting life-saving shots into arms.
Gavi’s support of a malaria vaccine program is a critical step to drive down malaria deaths and protect children across Africa toward the goal of a malaria-free world. But we must also remember that the RTS,S vaccine is one of a number of essential tools, and is most effective when used in combination with bed nets and preventive therapies delivered. We look forward to Gavi’s first country roll-out and its work alongside partners like the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to ensure children are protected from this life-threatening disease for many years to come.
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Malaria No More envisions a world where no one dies from a mosquito bite. Fifteen years into our mission, our work has contributed to historic progress toward this goal. Now, we’re mobilizing the political commitment, funding, and innovation required to achieve what would be one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments – ending malaria within our generation. For more information, visit www.malarianomore.org.