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Yellow Fever Deaths In Angola Rise To 225; Concerns Remain Over Vaccine Shortages

Quartz: High global vaccine prices could worsen Angola’s deadly yellow fever outbreak
“…The solution [to the outbreak] so far has been to launch a massive vaccination campaign, and WHO and its partners had already vaccinated 5.7 million people by the end of March. But a global shortage of the already expensive yellow fever vaccine is thwarting efforts to stop the outbreak, and 1.5 million doses of the vaccine are still needed…” (Chutel, 4/6).

Reuters: Angola’s yellow fever death toll rises to 225: health minister
“The death toll from yellow fever outbreak in Angola has risen to 225, with an estimated 1,600 cases now recorded, Health Minister Luis Sambo said on Tuesday…” (Coroado/Mapenzauswa, 4/6).

Science Speaks: Angola yellow fever outbreak features longstanding realities, increasing urgency
“…[T]his week World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan visited Angola [and] called for urgent action to respond to an outbreak of yellow fever there that she called the worst the country has seen in 30 years. It was a reminder that, in the midst of the ongoing impacts of the spread of Ebola and Zika, the concept of responding to predictable health threats before they become emergencies remains far from reality…” (Barton, 4/5).

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