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In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have announced the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks. The stockpile is stored in Switzerland, and vaccines are ready to be shipped to countries for emergency response. The effort to establish the stockpile was led by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, which includes the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), with financial support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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DR Congo is applying lessons learned from defeating Ebola to the fight against Covid-19 (file photo).