WHO decision clears path for GSK’s Mosquirix malaria vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded prequalification to GSK’s (LSE/NYSE:GSK) Mosquirix.

The move marks the first time that a malaria vaccine has won prequalification.

The WHO decision regarding the Mosquirix malaria vaccine is a prerequisite for United Nations (UN) agencies like UNICEF to procure the vaccine in regions with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission.

Malaria was associated with 409,000 deaths in 2019, according to WHO.

GSK shares fell 1.19% in afternoon trading to $31.47.

The Mosquirix malaria vaccine is also referred to as RTS and S/AS01.

Mosquirix has a long developmental history. GSK began developing the vaccine, then known as RTS,S, in 1987.

In 2001, GSK and PATH’s Malaria Vaccine Initiative entered into a public-private partnership to develop the vaccine for infants and young children in malaria-prone countries.

To win the WHO prequalification, GSK shared detailed c…

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WHO endorses first malaria vaccine 

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has backed the first malaria vaccine, which could be especially beneficial in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa with moderate to high malaria transmission rates. In 2019, malaria caused 409,000 deaths, according to WHO. 

The vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) specifically targets plasmodium falciparum, a malaria strain common in sub-Saharan Africa. Plasmodium falciparum tends to be more dangerous and resistant to antimalarial drugs than other plasmodium species.

“This is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, child health and malaria control,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement. “Using this vaccine on top of existing tools to prevent malaria could save tens of thousands of young lives each year.” 

WHO recommended that el…

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