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A lab technician works in the P3, the Pasteur Institute's laboratory dedicated to the Ebola virus, in Bangui on May 31, 2018. Photo: FLORENT VERGNES/AFP/Getty Images.

Genetic sequencing has confirmed that the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is distinct from an earlier outbreak in the same country — the earlier outbreak was declared over in late July.

Why it matters: Public health officials are racing to contain the new outbreak in a challenging operational environment near the borders with Rwanda and Uganda, which is home to more than a million displaced people. This region is home to many rebel groups and hosts the largest U.N. peacekeeping contingent in the world.

Details: According to a tweet from Peter Salama, the World Health Organization's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, health workers plan to begin vaccinating people in affected areas of North Kivu starting on Wednesday.

Doctors used the experimental vaccine, known as rVSV-ZEBOV, to treat those exposed to the virus during the last outbreak in the Congo.

The current outbreak's death toll has climbed.

The WHO has warned that security issues could present a significant impediment to addressing the outbreak.

  • "The prolonged humanitarian crisis and deterioration of the security situation is expected to hinder response to this outbreak," the WHO said.

What's next: Although Salama did not specify how the vaccine would be used, during the last outbreak the agency worked with other organizations to conduct a ring vaccination program. This involves vaccinating people who have come into direct contact with individuals confirmed to have Ebola — as well as the contacts of those contacts. Each ring might include about 150 people.

  • In addition, the WHO gave the vaccine to health care works to protect them while treating Ebola patients.

The vaccine is considered experimental because the largest testing occurred in Guinea at the end of the 2015 outbreak, and was not conducted in a way that would satisfy regulatory agencies like the Food and Drug Administration.

Go deeper: Experimental vaccine used to fight Congo's Ebola outbreak

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”