Burundi launches Ebola vaccination campaign – WHO

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Burundi has launched a vaccination campaign against Ebola for its medical staff deployed at the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the epidemic has killed about 1,900 people in a year, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

The vaccination campaign began on Tuesday in Gatumba, the main border town between the two countries, with doses of the vaccine “RVSV-Zepov,” which was used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where vaccinated 170 thousand people.

The vaccination campaign will include medical laboratory staff and grave diggers.

The vaccine, developed by the US drug group Merck, proved “highly effective” when it was tested in Guinea in 2015 to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to WHO official Casade Molombo.

To date, no case has been reported in Burundi, a small country of 11 million people.

But the 236-kilometer-long border between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is uncontrolled and full of loopholes.

Recently, three members of one family in Uganda died after returning from the DRC to an unattended border crossing.

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