Jakarta ● Wed, October 13 2021
Indonesia's medical community has welcomed the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendation for a new malaria vaccine trialed for infants in Africa, which could become a "useful" tool to get rid of the disease by 2030.
As one of the countries hardest hit by malaria in Southeast Asia, based on 2020 WHO data, Indonesia stands to benefit from the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) malaria vaccine for children aged five months and older.
Currently, there are still 24 cities and regencies around the country that are categorized as areas with high malaria transmissibility. More than 530,000 infants, who have no means of protection from the disease, still live in such areas, said Didik Budijanto, the Health Ministry's director of contagious, vector-borne and zoonotic diseases.
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