May 14, 2018 / 5:56 AM / 4 months ago

WHO has 4,000 Ebola vaccines ready for Congo deployment

KINSHASA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation has obtained 4,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and is preparing for deployment in the Democratic Republic of Congo, its Africa director said on Sunday.

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in this undated handout picture released October 18, 2014.REUTERS/Public Health Agency of Canada/Handout

“We’re working on the deployment of these materials, especially readying the cold chain,” WHO Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti told Reuters by telephone. “The start date of the vaccinations will depend on this deployment.”

Reporting by Patient Ligodi; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Peter Cooney

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