The World Health Organization has donated 11,500 doses of Ebola vaccines to Guinea, where the virus resurfaced this year.
The donation arrived in Guinea on Monday evening, according to a statement released by Guinea’s Health Ministry.
According to the Xinhua newspaper, this donation will be mainly used for the vaccination of people in the south-eastern N’Zerekore province and will be transported to the mountainous areas of south-eastern Guinea to vaccinate local residents.
The flight delivering the vaccine reportedly had to short circuit to Dakar, Senegal after it had taken off from Geneva, due to heavy fog in Guinea’s capital Conakry.
Guinea has confirmed at least 17 Ebola cases so far, five of whom have died, and a total of 380 close contacts, of whom 371 have been kept under medical observation.
On Feb. 14, the country’s Ministry of Health confirmed that there was an Ebola outbreak in N’zerekore province and reported seven confirmed cases, including three deaths.
From 2013 to 2016, three countries in West Africa including Guinea were hit by an Ebola outbreak that claimed more than 11,000 lives.