World Health Organization to ship Ebola vaccine to DR Congo

World Health Organization to ship Ebola vaccine to DR Congo

An air bridge for supplies and personnel will be established by the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) starting 13 May with daily flights scheduled from Kinshasa to Mbandaka and Mbandaka to Bikoro. And it feeds into the Congo and Ubangi rivers-major waterways that connect to several large centers.

World Health Organization said it had released $1 million to spend on supplies and aid.

"Because it is an experimental vaccine, there are several steps to observe", Jasarevik said. The vaccine could arrive in Kinshasa on Tuesday, WHO spokesman Eugene Kabambi said. After that, vaccination of health care workers and people who have been in contact with cases will begin. There have since been sporadic outbreaks that have been contained including eight in Congo since 1976. "We have better weapons this time".

Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries are on high alert over risk of the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) spreading to their territories. Seventeen of those 21 infected people died. While outbreaks in remote areas usually mean the disease can be contained, on this occasion suspected cases have been reported in three locations spread over 60km.

WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and MSF to conduct ring vaccination using the investigational recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus-Zaire Ebola virus (rVSV-ZEBOV).

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They also said a staggering 393 people who had come into contact with the epidemic were being followed up after an outbreak in Bikoro, Iboko and Wangata was confirmed.

Tedros said multiple response partners are already on the ground at Bikoro, including Doctors Without Borders, which takes the lead on treating people with Ebola, and the International Federation of the Red Cross, which takes the lead on safe burial practices.

The vaccine was developed by the Canadian government and is now licensed to the USA -based Merck. At this stage, it can also only be used in the context of a clinical trial-plans for which are already in the works.

It is the ninth recorded outbreak in a country that last battled the disease in 2017. Here are some of the most recent epidemics.

The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, either through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood or secretions or contact with materials that are contaminated with these liquids.

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