Switzerland: Ebola vaccination campaign underway in DRC — WHO spokesperson

An Ebola vaccination campaign has begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in two locations in the Equateur Province, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in Geneva on Tuesday. Fifty one cases of Ebola and 27 deaths were reported by the DRC's Health Ministry, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters. Vaccinations started on Monday in the north-western city of Mbandaka and... Еще would continue on Tuesday, said Jasarevic. Among the 33 people who received the vaccine in Mbandaka were health workers and community members, the WHO spokesperson added. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) would start administering vaccines in the city of Bikoro «later in the week or next week, once the preparations are done,» said Jasarevic. Access to Bikoro would be more difficult than to Mbandaka, added Jasarevic, pointing out the necessity for the vaccines to be stored at up to -80 degrees Celsius (-112F). Last Wednesday, the first 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccines touched down in the DRC capital of Kinshasa. The WHO received a batch of 2,000 doses of medicine from the pharmaceutical company Merck, which will be shipped out to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the coming days. On May 11, the WHO confirmed that there is an Ebola virus outbreak in the Equateur province.

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