Congo's Syringe Shortage Complicates Vaccine Drive

A syringe shortage and other setbacks threaten to hold up a major yellow fever vaccination campaign in Congo later this month.

Officials hope to halt the spread of the disease before it hits Kinshasa, the capital. With the WHO’s endorsement, the country plans to vaccinate with 1/5 the typical doses, given a global shortage of the vaccine after neighboring Angola’s outbreak spurred a mass vaccination effort before the disease spilled into Congo. Congo has reported 1,307 suspect and 68 confirmed cases, and 75 deaths.

But the smaller vaccine doses require a special kind of vaccine that is in short supply as well.

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