DR Congo to receive 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine

The Democratic Republic of Congo is to receive 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine secured by the World Health Organisation as the global body prepares to deploy them.

The body’s Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti told Reuters that “We’re working on the deployment of these materials, especially readying the cold chain.”

“The start date of the vaccinations will depend on this deployment,” Moeti added.

The town of Bikoro in north-western Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded new cases of the deadly virus with 17 people reported to have died from the latest outbreak since December last year.

DRC is recording the latest cases of the virus after over a year since the outbreak killed four people.

Over 11,000 people died from the deadly virus in 2014 when it hit West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The virus which is transmitted by bats was first discovered in DRC in 1976 and named after the Ebola river.


Source: Africafeeds.com

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