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WHO prepares experimental Ebola vaccine for possible first use in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization and outside experts are making arrangements to send an experimental Ebola vaccine to the Democratic Republic of Congo, should officials there say they need it to quell an outbreak there.
The DRC has not yet formally requested the vaccine, and it's unclear if or when it will. The country's drug regulatory agency would also have to authorize emergency use of the vaccine, which is not yet licensed.
"If the question is: Is it going to be used in this particular outbreak? It's not clear yet," said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, a public-private partnership that provides vaccines to lower income countries.

“That being said, everything is being put in place to use the vaccine if it is requested or if it turns out the need accelerates.”

The outbreak, reported to the WHO last week, has grown to 20 suspected cases. Three of the infected have died.

This Ebola epidemic, the country’s eighth, is in a remote part of northern DCR, a province called Bas-Uele. It is a part of the country with few roads, which should help contain the epidemic. The three previous Ebola outbreaks in DRC involved dozens of cases as opposed to hundreds or thousands.

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