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Congo approves Merck vaccine in face of Ebola outbreak

The Democratic Republic of the Congo approved the use of Merck & Co. Inc.'s experimental Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV to contain the virus' outbreak in the country, Reuters reported.

Although not licensed, Merck's vaccine was found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a trial carried out on nearly 12,000 people in nearby Guinea in 2015.

The outbreak occurred in the northeast part of the country and has claimed four lives, with 52 suspected cases.