Congo: WHO Starts Ebola Vaccination as COVID-19 Spreads

(TELESUR) – The Kinshasa province is the pandemic’s epicenter with over 3,300 COVID-19 cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the start of an Ebola vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that is also exposed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very concerned about this new outbreak in Mbandaka, where we have worked very closely with the government in 2018 to contain the last outbreak,” WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti tweeted.

WHO also affirmed to collaborate alongside Congolese doctors on the gene sequencing of the virus to compare it with North Kivu’s strain.

According to Moeti, WHO sent supplies and response teams to Mbandaka, to support the government-led Ebola outbreak restraining strategy. She also stressed response’s urgency, due to the outbreak’s proximity to borderline territories and transport routes.

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