Ebola outbreak: Burundi vaccinating ‘front-line workers’

Written by on August 16, 2019

Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Those at the Gatumba border near the Democratic Republic of Congo, where a year-long Ebola epidemic has killed at least 1,800 people, are the first in line for the vaccinations overseen by the WHO and Burundi’s health ministry.

The health workers are being vaccinated with rVSV-ZEBOV, an unlicensed product.

“Although this vaccine is not yet approved and its commercial use is not yet authorised, it has been shown to be effective and safe during Ebola outbreaks in West Africa,” the WHO statement said


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