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The death toll from another virus is rising rapidly: yellow fever.The virus has now spread to six of the country's 18 provinces.Indeed, vaccination forms the core of Angola's National Response Plan, initiated early this year with the goal of administering the yellow fever vaccine to more than 6.4 million people in Luanda Province. So far, nearly 90 percent of that target population has been vaccinated, thanks largely to the World Health Organization, the International Coordinating Group for Vaccine Provision, and other countries, including South Sudan and Brazil, which together made some 7.35 million doses of the vaccine available.A 2015 report by Medecins Sans Frontieres showed that the vaccine is now almost 70 times more expensive than it was in 2001 .Senegal's Pasteur Institute of Dakar, one of only four facilities in the world producing yellow fever vaccines, manufactures about ten million doses per year, and the manufacturing process is extremely difficult to scale up. Moreover, the Pasteur Institute is about to close down for a five-month renovation, during which it will be unable to produce more vaccine.
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