"DRC Ebola News (1/21/20)." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 21, 2020. Accessed June 12, 2020.

Daily update for January 21st, 2020 on the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

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There were 2 new cases reported on January 21st.

In the past two days, two health workers in the DRC have been infected with Ebola. Both health workers who have been infected have also been vaccinated.

Ebola exists. A day at the heart of the epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC MoH Statistics/WHO AFRO Dashboard (as of January 21)

WHO AFRO Dashboard

Total cases: 3,416

  • Confirmed cases: 3,297
  • Probable cases: 119
  • Suspected cases: 394

Deaths: 2,237


  • 270,138 (Merck Vaccine)
  • 6,317 (Johnson & Johnson Vaccine)

Why an Ebola vaccine is not enough

Jordan Times, 1/20/20

Without doubt, Ervebo could be a game changer in tackling future Ebola outbreaks. But, in order to help protect health workers and communities, the vaccine must be delivered safely, sustainably, and equitably. That seems unlikely in many countries where Ebola is endemic, owing to security, systemic and social challenges. Unless these challenges are addressed, Ervebo won’t be effective.


Tweet by Helen Branswell – 1/20/20


Another health worker in DRC has been infected with #Ebola, the 2nd such report in 2 days. Like yesterday, this person was vaccinated. No information on how long ago that happened. According to @WHO, this would be the 172nd HCW infection. 2 cases reported Sunday, no deaths.

Tweet by David Gressly – 1/21/20


“The Ervebo vaccine should not be viewed as a magic bullet for preventing and addressing future Ebola outbreaks”. Stronger health systems, safety and security, community engagement and empowerment are essential too. #StopEbola #OnEstEnsemble

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