Congo Plans Mass Vaccinations Against Yellow Fever in Late July

The Democratic Republic of Congo will begin vaccinating 11.6 million people against Yellow fever in July, following the spread of the hemorrhagic virus from neighboring Angola, the health minister said.

The government will use reduced doses of the vaccine, of which there’s currently a shortfall, to immunize those at risk, Felix Kabange Numbi told reporters Monday in the capital, Kinshasa. The program could begin by July 20, with the reduced doses providing protection from the mosquito-borne illness for at least 12 months, he said.

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