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<TitreRecueil>pursuant to Rule 143 of the Rules of Procedure</TitreRecueil>

<Titre>on the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)</Titre>

<RepeatBlock-By><Depute>Dominique Bilde</Depute>




Motion for a resolution on the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

The European Parliament,

 having regard to Article 196 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

 having regard to Decision (EU) 2019/420 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 March 2019 amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism,

 having regard to Rule 143 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had caused 1743 deaths as of 22 July 2019[1] and was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation on 17 July 2019[2];

B. whereas at least two experimental vaccines have been developed: one by Merck and Co. that is already in use in the DRC and another from Johnson and Johnson, as well as one produced by Russia’s VECTOR research centre[3];

C. whereas the Congolese authorities have expressed reservations about the combined use of Johnson and Johnson and Merck and Co.’s vaccines[4], resulting in the resignation of the Minister of Health on 22 July 2019[5];

1. Calls on the Commission to free up emergency material and financial assistance for the DRC, in particular through the European Medical Corps;

2. Calls on the Commission to conduct, or contribute towards, an expert scientific evaluation on the possible combined use of the aforementioned vaccines.

[1] https://africatimes.com/2019/07/22/congolese-ebola-expert-takes-over-as-health-minister-resigns/.

[2] https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/17-07-2019-ebola-outbreak-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo-declared-a-public-health-emergency-of-international-concern.

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