by SLAJ |

Yes, Sierra Leone has received its first-ever malaria vaccines – 550,000 doses of WHO-approved malaria vaccines (RTS, S/AS01).

SLAJ iVerify has fact checked the above claim and found it to be true.


“First Malaria Vaccines for Sierra Leone” a local tabloid claimed.

Rating Justification

The SLAJ iVerify has fact-checked a claim made by a local tabloid about the arrival of the first batch of malaria vaccines for Sierra Leone and found it to be true. To arrive at this conclusion our team of fact-checkers undertook the following steps:

We cross-checked the claims made in the local tabloid report published on Wednesday, December 20, and discovered that the said report matches a post on the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s website.

Also, online research conducted by SLAJ iVerify indicated that these 550,000 doses of RTS, S/AS01 approved malaria vaccine by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are indeed the first malaria vaccines in Sierra Leone.

This was also confirmed by Dr Austin Demby, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Health and Sanitation in a post made on his official X (Twitter) handle.

Moreover, we also watched the live broadcast of the official launching of Sierra Leone’s first National Public Health Agency and the Public Health Emergency Trust Fund being Launched by President Bio on December 15, where health experts also remarked that the West African nation had received its first ever malaria vaccine which will be rolled out next year for children under the age of five.

Additionally, our team of fact checkers also verified a report authored by WHO that states that Sierra Leone is among the nine countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Niger, and Uganda, set to introduce the vaccine into their routine immunization programs for the first time.