The arrival of 11,000 doses from the World Health Organization (WHO) of Ebola hemorrhagic fever vaccine Merck in Guinea, originally scheduled to be received Sunday afternoon at Conakry airport, was postponed to Monday.
The delay came as a result of the seasonal harmattan-sourced “fog” in the city that prevented the plane carrying the injections from landing.
The Guinean capital has been invaded for three days by fog caused by the harmattan, a dust-laden wind, a journalist said. Because of this bad weather, “flights to and from (Conakry) are cancelled until further notice,” a Guinean official said on sunday.
According to Guinean health authorities, the plane “continued on to Dakar” in Senegal and is to return to Conakry on Monday if conditions are favorable.
The Who stated that over 8,500 additional doses will also be shipped from the United States
Five people recently passed away from Ebola in this south-eastern region of Guinea, bordering Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.
The first resurgence in West Africa since the 2013-2016 epidemic which had caused more than 11,300 deaths mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.