With the Ebola vaccination campaign launching in the Democratic Republic of Congo this week, Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley travelled to the country. Whilst the vaccines could help stop the epidemic, Dr Berkley warned that they will not be a magic bullet. He also discussed the challenges in carrying out a ring vaccination campaign. Others also urged caution, as Dr Heidi Larson explained why it’s important to gain community trust during the vaccine roll-out, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) raised concerns about the confusion surrounding the vaccine.
This week the World Health Organization also celebrated its 70th birthday at the 71st World Health Assembly. Universal health coverage was a hot topic, with non-communicable diseases and tuberculosis also high on the agenda. There was a call for coordinated global action against cervical cancer and a new resolution on cholera prevention. This happened as the world’s largest ever vaccine campaign continued across five African countries, which Gavi Deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta discussed with CNBC Africa. In the USA it was time for the annual Red Nose Day , with celebrities hosting a night of entertainment that raised $42 million and counting for global vaccination and fighting child poverty.