Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in the DRC

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Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have announced a plan to introduce a second experimental Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (J&J; NY, USA), from mid-October 2019.

The J&J Ebola vaccine is administered in two doses, given 56 days apart, and will be provided to at-risk population in areas that don’t have active Ebola transmission. This strategy will complement the current vaccine (rVSV-ZEBOV-GP, another experimental candidate manufactured by Merck (NJ, USA)), which will continue to be administered to those at high risk of Ebola, including contacts of confirmed cases and contacts of contacts.

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