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WHO, Partner Organizations Prepare Experimental Ebola Vaccine To Be Sent To DRC If Requested; U.N., DRC, NGOs Dispatch Health Workers To Assist In Outbreak

Humanosphere: Dozens of health workers dispatched to stop Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
“Officials with the World Health Organization confirmed an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the weekend. So far, there are at least 19 suspected cases and three deaths since the first infection in late April. Health officials from Congo, the U.N., and humanitarian groups were immediately sent to the north to respond to the outbreak…” (Murphy, 5/15).

STAT: 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…” (Branswell, 5/16).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency deploying technical experts to site of Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
“The United Nations health agency is deploying technical experts to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) amid an outbreak of Ebola virus near its northern border with the Central Africa Republic, the agency’s regional director for Africa confirmed. Matshidiso Moeti visited the capital Kinshasa on Saturday to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective, and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing outbreak…” (5/15).

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