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WHO’s Tedros: Experimental Ebola vaccine in the DRC has saved countless lives

The Ebola crisis in the DRC has been devastating. If not for an experimental vaccine, it would have been far worse, the head of the WHO said.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second worst on record, having topped 600 cases. But the case count would be much higher still if an experimental Ebola vaccine were not being used to contain spread of the disease, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

“One thing I am really certain of now is: If it wasn’t for the vaccine we’re using, the number of cases we have could have been really high, high, high,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told STAT

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