New vaccine: Congolese anti-Ebola fighter killed as new vaccine arrives

A health worker injects a man with the Ebola vaccine in Goma Democratic Republic of Congo on Aug 5 2019

A health worker injects a man with the Ebola vaccine in Goma Democratic Republic of Congo on Aug 5 2019

A report from the Congolese health ministry said since January 1, 2019 there had been "more than 300 attacks on health workers" which had killed six people and injured 70 others, among them health care workers and patients.

The reporter worked for the local radio station in Lwemba and was "involved in raising the awareness of his community regarding the country's tenth Ebola outbreak", according to the press release.

A total of 3,274 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern provinces of North Kivu, Ituri and South Kivu since August 1 of previous year, according to Congolese health officials, and 3,157 of those individuals have tested positive for Ebola virus disease, which is transmitted through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person and causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever.

"The EU has supported the new Ebola vaccine development and we are now rolling out the clinical study in the Democratic Republic of Congo".

"Our colleague Papy Mumbere Mahamba, has been killed at his home by unknown attackers ...", who had stabbed him to death, Jacques Kamwina told AFP.

Efforts to reverse the epidemic have been hampered not only by the struggle but also by resistance within communities to preventive measures, health services and safe burials.

A Cameroonian doctor from the WHO, Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, was shot dead in April in an attack on a hospital in North Kivu.

A nurse and a police officer were killed in similar circumstances since the beginning of the epidemic.

It is the DR Congo's 10th Ebola epidemic and the second-deadliest on record after an outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, claiming more than 11,300 lives.

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 Ebola responders is already high.

"The global health community has come together in support of this initiative using Janssen's investigational Ebola vaccine regimen to help prevent its further spread".

People often refuse to give up the traditional funeral rites that involve kissing, washing and touching the body.

Many people see Ebola as a hoax invented by medical staff to get well-paid jobs.

The vaccine - an experimental product developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson - is to be used to protect those living outside of direct Ebola transmission zones.

Until now, the only vaccine against the disease was one manufactured by United States firm, Merck Sharpe and Dohme.

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