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DRC closes door on Ebola with response that will help Covid vaccine rollout

A months-long outbreak has ended, with authorities ‘applying best practices from the outbreak to coronavirus’

Hereward Holland and Fiston Mahamba

The Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wednesday announced the end of an almost six-month Ebola outbreak in the west of the country, as health authorities looked to apply lessons from the successful response to the fight against Covid-19 in Africa.

The outbreak, which infected 130 people and killed 55, emerged in June, weeks before a separate Ebola epidemic in the east drew to a close. That one killed more than 2,200 people, the second-most in the disease’s history.

“I am pleased to solemnly declare the end of the 11th epidemic of Ebola virus disease in Equateur Province,” health minister Eteni Longondo told a news conference...

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