Almost all in Congo city at immediate risk of Ebola now vaccinated -WHO - (Yahoo! via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The World Health Organization said that nearly all people at immediate risk of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Mbandaka have been vaccinated, as reported Yahoo!News Tuesday.

  • WHO Deputy Director-General for emergency preparedness and response Peter Salama explained that 400 potential Ebola contacts have been vaccinated, reflecting 90 percent of the at-risk population.

  • "We can't conclude that we've safeguarded the city of Mbandaka but we can say that so far there has not been an explosive increase in cases," stated Salama, continuing "so that's a positive sign and a positive development."

  • Twenty-five people have died in the current outbreak, which has involved 54 cases in total.

  • Salama also stated that WHO aims to receive government approval within the coming days to use five experimental drugs, namely Gilead Sciences' remdesivir, Toyama Chemical's favipiravir, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals' REGN3470-3471-3479, mAB114 and ZMapp, for treating patients as part of a clinical trial.

  • "If we don't use the opportunity to learn in this situation we will never be able know which is better than the other," Salama remarked.

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