CONAKRY — The start of a vaccination campaign against Ebola in southeastern Guinea has been delayed by a day after the vaccines did not arrive in the country on Sunday due to bad weather, health authorities said. A flight carrying the 11, vaccine doses was due to arrive on Sunday from Europe, but was unable to land in the capital Conakry, which like much of coastal West Africa is experiencing heavy dust brought by winds from the Sahara Desert. Guinea has recorded four confirmed and four probable cases, including five deaths, in the first resurgence of Ebola since the outbreak that killed 11, people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sign up to receive the daily top stories from the Financial Post, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. A welcome email is on its way. If you don't see it please check your junk folder.
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February 24, A man in a navy suit grinned as he left an airbase in Guinea's capital Conakry on Wednesday after being vaccinated for Ebola, one of the first to receive the jab since the deadly disease re-emerged in the West African country. He was among a handful of people to volunteer for an early Ebola vaccination as part of a programme the government hopes will crush the outbreak by April. The man had recently passed through the southeastern region where Ebola emerged earlier this month, he told AFP outside the airbase, which is serving as a vaccination centre. Guinea recorded new Ebola cases on February 13 near the town of Gouecke, in the southeastern Nzerekore region, and declared an epidemic shortly after. The re-emergence of the viral disease has evoked the spectres of the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which left 11, dead in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Health officials are heading directly to Guinea's southeast region on Tuesday, after a special plane with 11, doses of Ebola vaccine landed late Monday night. The vaccines were originally slated to leave for Guinea on Saturday, but delays due to a dust storm prevented the plane from landing. Health officials are racing against time in order to get a number of the vaccines to the southeastern region that borders Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire after a new Ebola outbreak was declared one week ago Sunday around Nzerekore, in the Forestier region. Five people have died since the first case was declared. A number of cases were also found in Conakry, and inoculations will also begin there.
The sovereign state of Guinea is a republic with a president who is directly elected by the people; this position is both head of state and head of government. The unicameral Guinean National Assembly is the legislative body of the country, and its members are also directly elected by the people. The judicial branch is led by the Guinea Supreme Court, the highest and final court of appeal in the country. Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims representing 85 percent of the population.