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Concerns Raised Over New Malaria Vaccine in Uganda

Concerns Raised Over New Malaria Vaccine in Uganda
Concerns Raised Over New Malaria Vaccine in Uganda

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Joseph Kiiza Kabuleta, the president of the National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED), has expressed concerns about the new malaria vaccine planned for introduction in Uganda. He has cautioned Ugandans, calling the vaccine both ineffective and risky.

In an 18-minute video circulating on various social media platforms, Kabuleta stated that the Ministry of Health intends to initiate a malaria vaccination campaign in the coming month, targeting children below the age of five.

Kabuleta reported, “In November 2023, the Ministry of Health plans to implement a forceful malaria vaccine rollout. They will go door-to-door, compelling children to receive vaccinations. This will include slum areas and villages where trust in the government’s well-being intentions still exists.”

He further explained that the controversial vaccine was initially tested in 2009 and 2011, with results showing zero percent protection against malaria. After modifications, it was introduced in 2015 in Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi.

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“In Kenya, the program was quickly halted due to concerns, while Ghana demanded the same immunity against death and injury as provided in the United States. When this condition was proposed, the manufacturers withdrew the vaccine, understanding its dangers. In Malawi, it was found that children receiving the recommended four doses only achieved 30 percent protection against malaria, and its effectiveness diminished rapidly after six months.”

Kabuleta emphasized the evolving nature of vaccines, noting that they no longer guarantee complete prevention, citing the example of COVID-19 vaccines.

He also shared insights from a top researcher at the University of Southern Denmark, Peter Aaby, who suggested that even though the vaccine might reduce the risk of malaria by 30 percent, vaccinated children still faced the same mortality risk from malaria.

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Kabuleta stressed, “The risk-benefit analysis shows a 30 percent protection over six months but a tenfold increase in meningitis among vaccinated children. Additionally, it leads to seizures, hallucinations, and cerebral malaria, as acknowledged by the manufacturer. Furthermore, research suggests a 24 percent increase in mortality among vaccine recipients, meaning one in four vaccinated children may die in the near future.”

He questioned the approval process and raised concerns about the vaccine’s risks, drawing attention to a document he obtained from the Ministry of Health. Kabuleta mentioned Bill Gates’ statement about using vaccines to reduce the world’s population by 10 to 15 percent.

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Kabuleta urged parents to prioritize their children’s safety and opt for mosquito nets, which he deemed more cost-effective and safer than the vaccine.

Kabuleta’s warning coincides with the Ministry of Health’s plans to introduce the malaria vaccine in Uganda between April and May 2024. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, previously stated that the government was prepared to implement the vaccine by the end of 2023. Malaria remains a significant cause of death in Uganda, especially among pregnant women and children under the age of five, according to the Health sector performance report 2021-2022, which reveals that it claims 16 lives daily in the country.