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Second Ebola vaccine to be used in DR Congo next month

By AFP

Added 14th October 2019 11:14 AM

"We will extend this vaccination to our small traders who often go to Rwanda to protect our neighbours," he added.

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"We will extend this vaccination to our small traders who often go to Rwanda to protect our neighbours," he added.

Doctors will use a second Ebola vaccine from November in three eastern provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo to fight the deadly virus, medical officials said Sunday.
 
"It's time to use the new Ad26-ZEBOV-GP vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson's Belgian subsidiary," said Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, who leads the national anti-Ebola operation in the DRC. 
 
It will arrive in the eastern city of Goma, in North Kivu province, on October 18 and be used from the beginning of next month, he added.
 
DRC's latest Ebola epidemic, which began in August 2018, has killed 2,144 people, making it the second deadliest outbreak of the virus, after the West Africa pandemic of 2014-2016.
 
Muyembe said the communes of Majingo and Kahembe had been selected to receive the vaccine as they were considered the epicentres of the epidemic.
 
"We will extend this vaccination to our small traders who often go to Rwanda to protect our neighbours," he added.
 
"If it works well, we will expand vaccination in South Kivu and Ituri."
 
DR Congo's eastern provinces of Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu sit on the borders with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
 
The Belgian laboratory will send a batch of 200,000 doses to neighbouring Rwanda and 500,000 doses in the DRC, Muyembe said.
 
More than 237,000 people living in active Ebola transmission zones have received a vaccination produced by the pharma company Merck Sharpe and Dohme since August 8, 2018. 
 
The J&J vaccine had been rejected by DRC's former health minister Oly Ilunga, who cited the risks of introducing a new product in communities where mistrust of 

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