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December 8, 2022

Cholera Cases Rise ‘Alarmingly’ in Democratic Republic of Congo Camps, Aid Workers Say

  Aid workers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo warned Thursday of a possible “health disaster” because of an alarming surge in cholera cases in makeshift camps for displaced people. Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, said that between November 26 and December 7, 256 patients had been admitted to its cholera treatment center in Munigi, near the eastern city of Goma. A third of them were children under five, the aid agency added. “In just 10 days, the number of people suspected of having cholera has increased alarmingly,” MSF said in a statement. More than


Gavi to Integrate COVID-19 Vaccines Into Core Vaccine Programs for Developing Nations

COVAX, the global program for distributing COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries, will soon be integrated into more routine vaccination programs, Gavi said Thursday. Gavi, the nonprofit vaccine alliance that provides an array of vaccines to developing countries, said its board agreed during a meeting in Geneva to phase out COVAX after 2023, stressing that the COVID-19 vaccine would still be made available to less well-off countries, alongside other vaccines. “While COVAX continues to have in place plans for worst-case scenarios, the board agreed, in principle, to explore integrating future COVID-19 vaccinations into Gavi’s core programming,” it said in a statement.