Bad weather delays Guinea’s delivery of Ebola vaccine
The arrival in Guinea of 11,000 doses of the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola haemorrhagic fever vaccine, originally scheduled to be received at Conakry airport on Sunday afternoon, was postponed to Monday.
The delay was due to the city’s seasonal harmattan-sourced “fog” that prevented the aircraft carrying the injections from landing.
Fog triggered by harmattan, a dust-laden storm, has invaded the Guinean capital for three days, an AFP journalist said. Flights to and from (Conakry) are cancelled until further notice”flights to and from (Conakry) are cancelled until further notice,”
According to Guinean health authorities, the aircraft “continued on to Dakar” in Senegal and is scheduled to return to Conakry on Monday, subject to favorable conditions.
The Who reported that more than 8,500 extra doses from the United States would also be shipped
In this south-eastern region of Guinea, bordering Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, five people have recently died of Ebola.
Since the 2013-2016 outbreak, the first rebound in West Africa has caused more than 11,300 deaths, primarily in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.