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Start of Ebola vaccinations in Guinea delayed by poor weather

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CONAKRY, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The start of a vaccinationcampaign against Ebola in southeastern Guinea has been delayedby a day after the vaccines did not arrive in the country onSunday due to bad weather, health authorities said.

The start of inoculations in the Nzérékoré region, where anoutbreak of the deadly virus was declared last weekend, is nowexpected on Tuesday, rather than on Monday, the National Agencyof Health Safety (ANSS) said on Facebook.

A flight carrying the 11,000 vaccine doses was due to arriveon Sunday from Europe, but was unable to land in the capitalConakry, which like much of coastal West Africa is experiencingheavy dust brought by winds from the Sahara Desert.

ANSS said the vaccines would now arrive in Conakry onMonday.

Guinea has recorded four confirmed and four probable cases,including five deaths, in the first resurgence of Ebola sincethe 2013-2016 outbreak that killed 11,300 people in Guinea,Liberia and Sierra Leone.

(Reporting by Saliou Samb; Writing by Aaron Ross)