Gospel For Asia World Highlights ‘Other Vaccine Shot The World’s Waiting For’

Over the past decade, GFA World has distributed more than 1.3 million mosquito nets

Millions around the world are still waiting to get a life-saving vaccine — and it’s not the COVID-19 shot, according to a GFA World press release.

Human trials of a new malaria vaccine are underway, with promising initial results, according to a new report by humanitarian agency GFA World (www.gfa.org) that coincides with World Malaria Day, April 25, an annual event.

GFA World reports the quest to develop an effective malaria vaccine — a shot that could save millions of lives — has proved difficult and is still ongoing.

“Malaria is one of the most rampant child-killers in the world today,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder of Texas-based GFA World, formerly Gospel for Asia. “For countless millions across Africa, Asia and other parts of the world, an effective vaccine against malaria would be like a dream.”

COVID ‘Stalls Malaria Fight’

But with the world laser-focused on the global COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to wipe out malaria have stalled, the report says.

Lockdowns and other restrictions have essentially halted malaria-fighting efforts in dozens of countries, leading to fears of a sharp increase in malaria deaths in 2021 — likely a death toll of hundreds of thousands in sub-Saharan Africa.

Malaria — an often-fatal sickness spread by infected mosquitoes — claims nearly half a million lives around the world every year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and is “humanity’s most deadly infectious disease,” according to GFA World’s report.

A new experimental vaccine developed using mosquito spit has shown promise in early studies, says the just-released report, Malaria Makes Comeback Amid A Pandemic [http://www.gfa.org/press/malaria-report].

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SOURCE: Assist News Service

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