The outbreak started back in 2015 but the African governments and WHO are struggling to keep up with vaccine demand and supply
Yellow fever has claimed the lives of over 400 people and struck down thousands in Africa and Asia causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to struggle controlling the disease.
Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are being hit hard where there is a shortage of the vaccine used to combat the devastating effects of the disease with most people only receiving part of the vaccine needed to protect them for a year.
The outbreak originated in Angola, started and carried by mosquitos, back in 2015. At the time, the government along with help from the WHO, tried to produce the vaccine in time to prevent the outbreak but efforts took too long and soon the situation escalated into the epidemic it is at present. To make the vaccine, experts need to use a technique that takes almost 6 months.
There are currently several companies that work to produce 50-100 million doses of the much-needed vaccine but this isn’t enough to cover the amount of people in Africa and the rate at which the infectious disease is spreading.
The New York Times reports the need for countries to donate, invest and act faster when outbreaks occur as well as providing funds to speed up a production process of the vaccine.
Mosquitos have been bad news for the past year with Zika, Ebola and now yellow fever being carried by the insects and spreading it far and wide. More needs to be done to discourage and get rid of breeding grounds and frequented areas such as rubbish dumps and stagnant water.
The Zika outbreak has shown the importance for international countries to help stop the spread and the dangers of how far these diseases spread and threaten borders around the world.
Further details can be found in an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine.