Congo to deploy second Ebola vaccine

Congo to deploy second Ebola vaccine

 

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FILE PHOTO: A health worker injects a man with Ebola vaccine in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

 

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Health authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Saturday that they plan to introduce a second Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, to counter the second-worst outbreak of the virus in history.

 

The team overseeing Congo's Ebola response did not say when exactly the J&J vaccine would be introduced. It will complement another vaccine manufactured by Merck, which has been administered to more than 225,000 people since August 2018.

 

The J&J vaccine has been a source of controversy among Congolese health officials. The former health minister, who was stripped of oversight of the Ebola response in July, opposed its use, saying it had not been proven safe or effective.

 

But in a statement, the current Ebola response team said the vaccine was safe and noted that it was already being trialled in neighbouring Uganda and in the West African country of Guinea.

 

"It is a vaccine that other countries already use. Why can't we use it in Congo to protect our population?" the statement said.

 

The statement said health officials intended to start by offering the J&J vaccine to Congolese traders who cross into Rwanda and then to residents of the province neighbouring the epicentre of the outbreak "to create a corridor of immunised people".

 

The J&J vaccine requires two injections eight weeks apart, unlike the Merck vaccine, which requires a single shot.

 

The current Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,100 people since the middle of last year, second only to the 2013-16 outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,300.

 

(Reporting by Fiston Mahamba; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Giles Elgood)

 

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