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DRC: Ebola vaccine could help stop an epidemic but faces obstacles in vital test

Washington Post

Authorities in Congo have begun to use a pioneering vaccine to help stem a growing Ebola outbreak. However, challenges lie ahead as officials race against the virus to identify people in the high-risk groups being targeted for vaccination. Officials must also tackle cultural and logistical obstacles, including transportation issues and a lack of health infrastructure.

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