Oly Ilunga Kalenga, who’s run the Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry since 2017, has quit after being sidelined in the country’s desperate fight against Ebola. The disease has killed more than 1,700 in history’s second-worst outbreak, but Kalenga has come under fire for casting doubts over the effectiveness of a U.S.-made vaccine. His resignation follows President Félix Tshisekedi’s creation of a multidisciplinary Ebola task force reporting directly to him — which Kalenga predicted would lead to “harm and confusion.”
Will this new group help? With violence and suspicion impeding containment efforts, one expert welcomed the “bold decision,” which puts a top DRC microbiologist in charge.