Malaria jab "could save tens of thousands of lives"

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The African continent bears the greatest malaria burden. Photo: WHO/Sven Torfinn

Children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi are set to receive the world's first malaria vaccine, UN health experts have announced.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around 430,000 people died of the illness in 2015, the majority of them African youngsters.

The new jab will be given to children from mid-2018, as WHO Senior Technical Officer Mary Hamel explains to Daniel Johnson, ahead of World Malaria Day on Tuesday 25 April.

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