Health experts in 3 African countries recently participated in the teleconferenced second meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) regarding yellow fever.
The meeting was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations.
Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the Republic of the Congo presented country updates to the Committee.
The Committee noted the concerted efforts and progress made by affected countries and partners to contain the yellow fever outbreaks in Angola and the DRC.
The Committee also noted that the exceptional use of the fractional dose strategy for yellow fever vaccination during the recent campaign in Kinshasa, DRC, achieved very high population coverage.
Members of the Committee offered technical advice on immediate actions for the consideration of WHO and Member States in areas surveillance and laboratory capacity, completion of mass vaccination, continuing risk communications, community mobilization, integrated vector control and case management measures.
The Committee also welcome current revision of the global strategy for preventing urban yellow fever outbreaks, including a review of yellow fever vaccine security, in keeping with WHO’s assessment that the risk of such events is increasing.