South Sudan health teams vaccinated amid Congo's Ebola outbreak

The South Sudan Ministry of Health has vaccinated its health workers on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Business Today.

The World Health Organization assisted in the vaccine campaign, which targets healthcare and frontline workers in high-risk areas.

South Sudan borders Congo, where the an ebola outbreak has been active since August, claiming 271 lives as of Dec. 6, according to Business Today. The country has been affected by a civil war for the last five years, which has killed about 400,000 people. About 4 million people have fled.

About 2,160 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine have been sourced to South Sudan for the vaccination campaign that will start Dec. 19. The trial vaccine is not licensed, but is safe for use "under the compassionate-use guidelines in response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC", the WHO said, cited by Business Today.

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