April 2022: DRC began an Ebola vaccination campaign

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began an Ebola vaccination campaign on April 27 in the port city of Mbandaka in Equateur province, responding to a new outbreak that has claimed two lives since April 21. A ring vaccination approach will inoculate close contacts of confirmed Ebola patients as well as frontline and health workers, using an initial shipment of around 200 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV shot.

The DRC’s equatorial forests have been a hotbed of the Central African country’s Ebola crisis, with more than 2,000 people killed by the virus between 2018 and 2020. According to UN News, the latest outbreak indicates a “new strain of Ebola”—the result, WHO said, of a “spill-over event from the host or animal reservoir.” WHO AFRO; CNN; UN News

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