Due to a global vaccine shortage, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended cutting the standard dose of yellow fever vaccine by 80% in emergencies.

This measure is adopted as a short term measure in emergency situations where a shortage exists.

According to the United Nations Agency, a smaller dose would provide immunity for at least 12 months.

The depletion in the vaccination came as a result of mass immunisation programme in Angola, where the disease has killed more than 300 people since December.

According to BBC News, the current outbreak of the disease has seen 18 million vaccine doses distributed in Angola, DR Congo and Uganda.

According to a statement released by WHO, a regular dose of the vaccine provides immunity for life, it however remains unclear whether this so called “fractional doses” would work for young children.

According to the agency, Congo has reported 1,044 suspected cases of yellow fever since March, including 71 deaths.
Of 61 confirmed cases, 53 were linked to travel to Angola.

Author: Ope Adedeji