Emergency Declaration Extended

WHO has extended the emergency status of the DRC’s Ebola outbreak for another 3 months, Devex reports.
The funding windfall some expected from the hotly debated “PHEIC” declaration has not materialized, but cases are down nonetheless. That progress should encourage organizations to ramp up their response, not taper it, Médecins Sans Frontières urged in a separate briefing.
WHO didn’t suggest a timeline for beating the outbreak. The risk of Ebola spreading remains high and some communities’ understanding of the disease remains dangerously low. As TIME reports, one megachurch pastor is stoking conspiracy theories.

On the plus side, the first Ebola vaccine—a Merck product that’s been tested in some 16,000 people—received conditional authorization on Friday from the Europe’s drugs regulator, Euronews reports.


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