WHO / EBOLA VACCINES

18-Feb-2021 00:02:48
World Health Organization (WHO) shipped on Thursday 11 000 doses of Ebola vaccines to Guinea, where a cluster of Ebola cases was reported by the country’s health officials. WHO
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STORY: WHO / EBOLA VACCINES
TRT: 2:47
SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 18 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1.Close up, Ebola vaccine vials
2.Close up, hand picking up a vial with Ebola vaccine
3.Close up, list of fridge content
4.Med shot, medical worker taking boxes with vaccines from fridge
5.Various shots, medical worker and WHO staff packing vaccines
6.Wide shot, Dr Yao talking reporter
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michel Yao, Director of Strategic Health Operations AFRO, WHO:
"We are shipping today 11,000 doses of Ebola vaccine and this is a huge achievement. At least for the first time in Guinea, we are having a vaccine at the beginning of the outbreak to control this outbreak within the population. And it is a result of hard work from WHO and partners."
8.Close up, thermometer in a bag with vaccines
9.Various shots, workers packing vaccines in freezers with dry ice
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michel Yao, Director of Strategic Health Operations AFRO, WHO:
"First of all, the vaccine will be received by the health workers because they are the ones that are most exposed to cases and they are the ones that receive patients that are infected by the Ebola virus. And then secondly, it's also part of a strategy control, which is to ensure that we vaccinate the contacts, but also contacts of these contacts. It's a strategy that was useful based on the quantity of vaccine to control the outbreak in DRC."
11.Various shots, workers closing boxes with vaccines in freezer
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michel Yao, Director of Strategic Health Operations AFRO, WHO:
"So we are involved in training, providing also all the required tools, we are supporting government also for the regulatory process for the vaccine, as well as also providing a logistics support for the transportation from Geneva to Guinea, as well as also the cold chain that is a specific cold chain, ultra cold chain -60 (degrees Celsius) that is also a major challenge for this vaccination."
13.Close up, workers sealing a box with vaccines
14.Close up, workers placing WHO sticker – “Guinea” written by hand on box
15.Various shots, workers finish packing
16.Pan right, worker rolling a dolly with vaccines onto track bed
17.Pan right, street to HUG building
18.Close up, HUG (University Hospital of Geneva) board
STORYLINE
World Health Organization (WHO) shipped on Thursday 11 000 doses of Ebola vaccines to Guinea, where a cluster of Ebola cases was reported by the country’s health officials.

“This is a huge achievement,” WHO’s Dr Michel Yao, Director of Strategic Health Operations AFRO said in Geneva as the vaccines are being prepared for the journey. “At least for the first time in Guinea, we are having a vaccine at the beginning of the outbreak to control this outbreak within the population. And it is a result of hard work from WHO and partners."

On 14 February 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea informed WHO of a cluster of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in the sub-prefecture of Gouécké, Nzérékoré Region, Guinea between 18 January and 13 February 2021. The cases showed symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding after attending the burial of another relative - a 51 year-old nurse - on 1 February 2021.

"First of all, the vaccine will be received by the health workers because they are the ones that are most exposed to cases and they are the ones that receive patients that are infected by the Ebola virus,” said Dr Yao. “And then secondly, it's also part of a strategy control, which is to ensure that we vaccinate the contacts, but also contacts of these contacts. It's a strategy that was useful based on the quantity of vaccine to control the outbreak in DRC."

Apart from providing a logistics support for the transportation of the vaccines from Geneva to Guinea, as well as the “ultra cold” chain – the vaccine needs to be stored at -60 degrees Celsius, the WHO is also providing all the required tools, as well as training and is supporting government for the regulatory process for the vaccine.
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