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Congo Plans to Start Using J&J’s Ebola Vaccine From Next Month

  • J&J vaccine is second to be used to combat viral illness
  • Ebola has killed 2,146 people since outbreak began last year
Members of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Congolese Red Cross hold an awareness session on the Ebola virus with teachers, two days before the start of the school year, in Beni, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on Aug. 31.

Members of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Congolese Red Cross hold an awareness session on the Ebola virus with teachers, two days before the start of the school year, in Beni, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on Aug. 31.

Photographer: Alexis Huguet/AFP via Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of Congo will distribute a second vaccination for Ebola from Johnson & Johnson at the beginning of November.

The vaccine will first be distributed to two communes in Goma, the trading hub on the border with Rwanda, Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe, the head of the country’s Ebola response effort, told reporters Saturday in the capital, Kinshasa. More than 64,000 people cross the border there each day, he said.