DRC / EBOLA VACCINATION

08-Aug-2018 00:01:03
The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. WHO
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STORY: DRC / EBOLA VACCINATION
TRT: 1:03
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTION: NONE
LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 AUGUST 2018, NORTH KIVU PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
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1.Wide shot, security at vaccination launch
2.Wide shot, Health Minister and others singing national anthem
3.Various shots, security at the launch
4.SOUNDBITE (French) Oly Ilunga, Minister of Public Health:
“We are really by your side to implement an energetic response.”
5. Various shots, health workers waiting for being vaccinated
6. Various shots, WHO staff being vaccinated
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Health Worker:
“We wanted to be vaccinated because as health workers we are the most exposed and at risk.”
8. Various shots, people getting vaccinated
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The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province.

The vaccinations have begun just one week after the announcement of a second outbreak of Ebola this year in the country. A total of 44 cases have been reported so far, of which 17 have been confirmed.

Work has begun to prepare ring vaccination in the Mangina health area, 30 kilometres from the town of Beni.

Healthcare and frontline workers in the city of Mangina were the first people to be vaccinated, and community outreach has started to prepare for the ring vaccination for affected populations.

SOUNDBITE (French) Oly Ilunga, Minister of Public Health:
“We are really by your side to implement an energetic response.”

SOUNDBITE (French) Health Worker:
“We wanted to be vaccinated because as health workers we are the most exposed and at risk.”

A total of 3,220 doses of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine are currently available in the country, while supplementary doses have been requested. While the vaccine goes through the licensing process, an agreement between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Merck, the developer of the vaccine, ensures that additional investigational doses of the vaccine are available.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided logistical support for the establishment of the cold chain and sent supplies needed for the vaccinations, in addition to supporting the negotiation of protocols with the manufacturer and national authorities, and supporting the deployment of vaccination experts from Guinea to work alongside national staff, who began the vaccination.
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