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Rwanda, Congo to vaccinate 700,000 against Ebola

Christian Fernsby |
Rwanda and Congo have unveiled a massive vaccination campaign for their citizens living within the vicinity of a possible Ebola outbreak, according to media reports.

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According to Rwanda-based The New Times newspaper, the campaign was launched at the “Grande Barrière one-stop border post in Rubavu District” targeting citizens who frequently travel from one country to another.

“Rwanda will vaccinate a total of 200,000 locals from Rubavu and Rusizi districts which border the DRCongo while the latter will vaccinate over 500,000 residents from various areas,” according to the newspaper.

“Today marks an important step in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease in our communities since the virus or any other epidemic disease does not respect the geographical boundaries of countries,” it quoted Rwanda’s Health Minister Dr. Diane Gashumba as saying.

“This vaccine had been tried in a number of countries such as the U.S, France, United Kingdom, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda,” Gashumba added.

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