Malawi Launches New WHO Approved Typhoid Vaccine

A newly approved vaccine said to be effective and safe for children has been launched in Malawi. Clinical trials began in Ndirande, Blantyre, a largely populated area prone to typhoid breakouts. The programme is being administered by the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust while the Bill and Melinda gates Foundation provides funding. An estimated 24,000 children, aged 9-12 months, will receive vaccination and tests to prove the efficacy of the vaccine.

The vaccine named Typbar TCV has been tested and used in India for over 12 years and costs $1.50 for developing countries.

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