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Ebola vaccine: Why is a new jab so controversial?

Ebola vaccine: Why is a new jab so controversial?

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A debate is raging over proposals that a second vaccine be introduced to fight Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, currently in the grip of its worst outbreak. The DR Congo Health Minister, Dr Oly Ilunga, who resigned after being stripped of management of the country's Ebola response, said the current vaccine is the only one that has been proven to be effective, and an opposition MP said the new vaccine is untested, and fears people in the country will be used as guinea pigs.Leading health experts say the second vaccine is safe and could be an important tool in holding back the spread of the virus.So what are the concerns, and are they justified?Tried and tested?It has been tested on 6,000 people and "has shown outstanding saf...
Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo’s Ebola epicenter

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo’s Ebola epicenter

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Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congos Ebola outbreak and killed a dear colleague, the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. We are outraged, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after the attack Friday in Butembo, a city in eastern Congo. The worlds response to the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has been hampered by a series of deadly attacks on health centers in Butembo and elsewhere that have disrupted medical care and vaccination efforts, leading to a rise in new Ebola cases in the sprawling African nation. The health worker killed was Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist, a WHO statement said. A Congo health ministry staffer...