Ebola Vaccine Expected To Run Out, CDC Director Warns; Ebola Lab Robbed In Beni, DRC Officials Say

CIDRAP News: New violence in Beni, DRC, as Ebola lab targeted
“Thieves robbed an Ebola lab in Komanda yesterday, taking laptops and a GeneXpert device used to test virus samples, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) ministry of health said in [Tuesday’s] daily report. … The DRC said response efforts are still under way in Beni, despite the chaos…” (Soucheray, 6/5).

Devex: CDC director expects to run out of Ebola vaccine
“The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that responders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will exhaust the current supply of the Ebola virus vaccine before the pharmaceutical company manufacturing them can produce more. Robert Redfield, director at CDC, relayed that warning to U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday, just as new reports indicated the number of Ebola virus cases in eastern DRC has climbed past 2,000. While the Ebola vaccine has been helpful in this unprecedentedly difficult response effort, regulatory delays have stalled production of new vaccine stocks, Redfield said in a U.S. House of Representatives hearing…” (Igoe, 6/6).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from The BMJ, Quartz Africa, and Thomson Reuters Foundation.