Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At least nine million dollars is needed in the next three years to raise a global stock of yellow fever vaccine for averting outbreaks of the disease.
The 2nd Partners' Meeting of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the World Fund for Vaccines agreed here Friday to mobilise the funds in order to make a world stock of vaccines against yellow fever.
"The objective is to implement mechanisms that help to overcome yellow fever epidemics.
This amount will enable the World Fund for Vaccines to have a stock from which it will give vaccines to countries confronted with this disease and help them organise immunisation campaigns," Mali's Health Minister, Dr Fatoumata Nafo Traore told PANA.
GAVI's board of directors has asked the World Fund for Vaccines to contact vaccine producers as soon as possible in order to create the stock.
Dr Traore, also Africa's representative on the GAVI board of directors, said the initiative would benefit African countries where yellow fever has become rife again.
"Our countries have not organised big immunisation campaigns against yellow fever for a long time.
This has led to the resurgence of the disease that seemed to be under control in the 1960s and 1970s.
"The outbreak of sleeping sickness last year in Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea and recently in Senegal, shows that the risk is real in African countries," she added.