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Associated Press Investigates Alleged Mismanagement Of Yellow Fever Vaccine Shipments To Angola

Associated Press: U.N. bungles response to Africa’s yellow fever outbreak
“The World Health Organization and its partners shipped more than six million yellow fever vaccines to Angola in February to quash an emerging epidemic, yet when they asked country officials the following month what happened to the vaccines, they discovered that about one million doses had mysteriously disappeared. Of the shipments that did make it to Angola, some vaccines were sent to regions with no yellow fever cases, while others arrived at infected areas without syringes. In neighboring Congo, some vaccines weren’t always kept cold enough to guarantee they would be effective. This lack of oversight and mismanagement has undermined control of the outbreak in Central Africa, the worst yellow fever epidemic in decades, an Associated Press investigation has found…” (Cheng et al., 8/5).