CNN  |  March 4, 2019

Some experts disagreed with this decision, including Lawrence O. Gostin, a professor and faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. More recently, Gostin said that he believes the situation in Congo “met all the legal criteria for an emergency even then, but since that time, everything has escalated. The violence has escalated; the public distrust has escalated. And the epidemic is really skyrocketing.”

In a February article in the journal The Lancet, he repeated his call for WHO to “sound a global alarm.”

“If it weren’t for the vaccines, it’s very likely that this would have surpassed the West African epidemic,” Gostin said. “It’s already the second largest Ebola epidemic in the history of the world.”

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