He said "Niger is in possession of only half of the vaccines needed to control the outbreak in the West African nation of roughly 18 million people. "More than 3,600 people are currently infected with the virus, which causes acute inflammation of the membranes protecting the brain and the spinal cord.
"The number almost tripled in the past 10 days." The Ministry of Health had earlier reported 129 deaths and 1,150 infections. The rapid increase in infections occurred in spite of the fact that the government closed all schools and launched a vaccination campaign to contain the spread.