WHO runs out of yellow fever vaccine


The World Health Organization (WHO) late last month announced that it had sent its entire stockpile of 5.7 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Angola to deal with the outbreak of the disease in the country.

More than 200 people have been killed in the current yellow fever outbreak in the southern African nation.

WHO says an additional 1.5 million doses of the vaccine are needed to vaccinate the population at risk in Luanda province alone.

It doesn’t seem like the replacements will be produced quickly.

The BBC reports Professor Lawrence Madoff from the International Society for Infectious Diseases  to have said that they need to produce more, but it is a complicated vaccine to make and distribute.

Professor Madoff estimates that an increase in production may take at least a month.

He is concerned that the outbreak will spread beyond Angola to Asia.