25 July 2018: WHO declared the DRC Ebola outbreak over. Jeremy Farrar said that swift and decisive action by the DRC and WHO, regional partners and global support, had made it possible to deploy vaccines quickly and as a result the epidemic had been stopped much earlier than would otherwise have happened.
He added: "We must not be complacent. We should stop thinking of these as isolated, discrete events and instead focus on a long-term programme of research and response into which every epidemic of Ebola is included. We need to ensure that critical diagnostic, drug, vaccine, social science and technological research is operational and available within hours to everyone and every time there is an outbreak. Countries at greatest risk of Ebola epidemics must lead this with the full support of the international community."
May 2018: DRC began vaccinating health workers against Ebola in the areas affected by the outbreak. It is the first time a vaccine has been used as part of the emergency response against Ebola.