Guinea is expecting additional 8,700 Ebola virus vaccine doses from the United States today, after the country launched vaccination Tuesday.
The vaccination launch was delayed Monday following a delay by a Saharan dust storm but the vaccines finally arrived, as the West African country fights to stamp out a resurgence of the deadly virus.
The outbreak, declared last weekend, is the first in the region since a 2013-16 epidemic left more than 11,300 people dead, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Health authorities said some of the doses would head straight to Nzerekore, the capital of Guinea’s southeastern forest region where five people have recently died of Ebola.
Inoculations also commenced on Tuesday.
Ebola causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding. It is transmitted through close contact with bodily fluids, and people who live with or care for patients are most at risk.
As well as Guinea, the disease has also recently reemerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo.