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Experimental vaccine ready for use in Congo’s Ebola outbreak

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2200 (Published 17 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2200
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

An experimental vaccine that arrived too late to stem the 2014 Ebola outbreak could be used within hours in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said from the capital Kinshasa.

Cold chain equipment arrived in the country on 13 May and has since been set up throughout the affected zone. WHO and the DRC’s health ministry have agreed to use a ring vaccination approach, in which all suspected contacts of infected people are vaccinated, in addition to health workers. So far, 382 contacts have been identified, …

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