What is Graham Norton's BBC salary, how old is the chat show legend and is he married?

The Irishman is one of the highest paid talents working on the BBC and one of it's biggest stars.

Who is Graham Norton, how old is he and what is his background?

Graham Norton – real name Graham Walker – was born on April 4, 1963, in Dublin, Ireland and grew up in Bandon, County Cork – he is 55.

After studying French and English at University College Cork for two years in the 80s, he dropped out and moved to London to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama.

He joined the actor's union Equity and took his great-grandmother's maiden name, Norton, as his stage name because there was already an actor called Graham Walker.

The Irish telly host has won five Bafta TV Awards for The Graham Norton Show, which airs on Friday nights on BBC One.

He also presents a radio show on BBC Radio 2 and is the commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest.

How did Graham make it in showbiz?

He got his first break as a regular comedian/panellist on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends in the early 1990s.

But he rose to fame on TV after winning an award for being a stand-in host on a Channel 5 late-night talk show hosted by Jack Docherty.

He then presented a quiz show called Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment on Channel 5 in 1995 and co-hosted the late-night quiz show Carnal Knowledge on ITV with Maria McErlane the following year.

One of his most notable TV appearances was playing father Noel Furlong in three episodes of iconic Channel 4 show Father Ted.

He then moved to Channel 4 where he fronted chat shows including So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton before moving to the BBC in 2005.

After hosting a multitude of different shows like How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and When Will I Be Famous? he landed The Graham Norton Show on BBC Two in February 2007.

In 2009, the show moved to BBC One after Friday Night with Jonathan Ross was cancelled.

How much does Graham earn and does he sell wine?

Graham has wealth of £20 million.

On July 11, 2018, it was revealed in 2017/2018 that he earned £600,000-£609,999 for his work with the BBC.

However, this is not believed to include any fees for his chat show as he paid via a separate production company.

In 2015, he was paid £2.52million  in “presenter fees, production fees and royalties” from production company So Television.

The production company was sold to ITV in 2012 in a £17million deal and lists Norton as a creditor.

Since 2014, Graham has also earned a pretty penny by selling his own wine under the brand name GN.

Is Graham married?

Graham is currently single and has never been married.

He split from music marketing consultant Andrew Smith in the summer of 2015.

Graham dated Scott Michaels for five years until 2000 and was in a relationship with Trevor Patterson from 2010 to 2013.

When was he attacked?

In 1988, Graham – who was studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama – was mugged, beaten up and stabbed by two men as he walked towards Queen's Park in London.

He almost died after the attack, which resulted in him losing half his blood and left him in hospital for two and a half weeks.

Speaking to the Evening Standard about the incident, he said: "I nearly died, but in a way being mugged liberated me. Before, being cast in the best role in drama school was all that mattered. After that, well, it all seemed a bit silly really."

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Tamara Ecclestone: I WOULD pose topless again… but no-one wants to see my saggy breastfeeding boobs

The 34-year-old Formula One heiress, who graced the cover of Playboy in 2013, nursed daughter Sophia for four-and-a-half years until she weaned her off over the summer.

Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Online the businesswoman, who runs companies Glow Beauty and Fifi & Friends, said: “I’ve done Playboy and I don’t think I would pose nude again.

“I would pose topless and it would be interesting to do something like that now post-breastfeeding because my boobs look a lot different.

“I don’t think because you’re a mum you should be pigeon-holed as ‘just a mum’ so you can’t do something slightly sexy anymore.

“I actually haven’t been asked, no one wants to see my saggy breastfeeding boobs clearly!”

Tamara, who married business consultant Jay Rutland, 37, a former stock broker, in 2013, also didn't rule out surgery in the future.

She told us: “I’d never say never to anything. I’m 34 now and if in five, 10, 15 years I want to do something I’m definitely not against it.

I would pose topless and it would be interesting to do something like that now post-breastfeeding because my boobs look a lot different

“But if you start too early then by the time you’re 60 you have 30 years of filler in your face, and it can start to look like a lot.

“So I’d like to avoid it for as long as possible, but when I feel really desperate then I’ll do it.”

The socialite and former party girl, who was once Britain's answer to the Hiltons with sister Petra, 29, was in no hurry to snap back to her pre-baby body after having Sofia, also known as Fifi.

She works out in her private basement gym every morning after dropping her daughter off at school, but says her former life of juice fasts and diets couldn’t be further from her mind.

Tamara added: “Now that I have a daughter I would never dream of talking about diets or the fat word or saying ‘I can’t eat that’.

“I want her to grow up with a positive body image and know her self-worth is not based on how much she weighs or what she looks like.”

We were in a helicopter once and Jay put it on his Instagram and someone said ‘I hope you crash and die’

Tamara, whose Former One mogul dad Bernie Ecclestone is worth an estimated £2.5 billion, has faced her fair share of criticism from online trolls over the years – but she insists it doesn’t bother her.

She said: “I actually don’t care, I find it really amusing, but Jay takes it really personally if it’s about me or Fifi.

“I’m like, ‘Don’t reply to these people, they’re such losers, what the hell are you doing?’

“And he’s like, ‘No I’m not going to have them say that about you or Fifi’. He doesn’t care if they criticise him.

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“I never get drawn into it, but I think people who say mean things about kids, that’s a really sick thing.

“We were in a helicopter once and Jay put it on his Instagram and someone said, ‘I hope you crash and die’.

“Fifi was in the helicopter with us and that was really disgusting that anyone’s mind works in that way.

“Jay got them taken off Instagram – I think it is outrageous that anyone could be that mean.

“That’s slightly worse than saying, ‘you look fat in your dress’ or ‘hate your nails’.”

Tamara previously revealed sleeping with Fifi doesn’t hurt her love life because ‘I don’t need a bed for sex’ – as she invited us into her plush Kensington mansion.

Tamara’s baby and kid care line Fifi & Friends is available here and her haircare line Show Beauty can be purchased here.

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Smashing Pumpkins Set For ‘Kimmel’ Performance This Month

The Smashing Pumpkins are set to be musical guests on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, December 11.

The band will be promoting their new album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future, on the program. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and is the band’s first album in over 18 years to feature original members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin.

The band is expected to perform several songs on the show’s outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Last week, the Smashing Pumpkins had launched their 30th anniversary tour in support of the new album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1.

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He signed with the Oakland A’s, but Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray faces NFL decision

When Tony Dungy sees Kyler Murray, something feels familiar.

A Heisman-caliber player, selected in the first round of a professional sports league other than football, leading his team on a college football title run?

Dungy thinks back 25 years.

He was Vikings defensive coordinator, scouting draft prospects. Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward was lighting opponents up for 3,032 yards and 27 touchdowns to land Florida State’s first-ever national title. Dungy told then-Vikings coach Dennis Green to pursue Ward.

“As a defensive coach at the time,” Dungy told USA TODAY Sports, “I’m thinking, ‘Man. I would not want to play against this guy and all the headaches he would provide.’”

But would Ward, who instead became a first-round NBA pick with a 12-year career, sign if the Vikings risked the selection?

“It was really a conundrum,” Dungy said.

It’s a conundrum Murray has revived.

Clearly, he has proved elite in two sports.

The Oakland A’s drafted the outfielder ninth overall and signed him to a $4.66 million guaranteed contract that allowed him to play one more year of Sooners football.

So far in that season, no one has posted more than Murray’s 51 touchdowns (40 passing, 11 rushing) or his 4,945 total yards of offense. His 11.9 yards per pass attempt leads the nation; his 70.9 completion percentage second. Murray’s 205.72 passing efficiency rating is the best the NCAA has ever seen.

Those numbers are one reason he is favored to win the Heisman (at least according to a USA TODAY Network survey of voters and Vegas) over Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins Saturday in New York.

But do they make Murray a potential NFL franchise quarterback?

Let’s define that.

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Disturbing footage of bouncer 'putting clubber in choke hold' probed by police after two end up in hospital

The video shows the bouncer seemingly restraining the man around the neck and executing the hold at the Park Lane nightclub in Torquay, Devon.

At least two other security staff are involved in holding the man in the clip, which is part of a longer incident not seen by The Sun.

A clubber was taken to hospital following the alleged incident on November 11, however it's not thought to be the man in the footage.

Two brothers have told local media they were left unconscious after suffering choke injuries and taken to hospital.

Police have confirmed they are investigating an assault complaint at the club on that night.

The clip shows a group of bouncers wearing hi-vis vests surrounding someone on the floor.

One of the doormen, wearing completely black, pulls at the arm and shoulder of a man on the ground, who appears not to resist.

Off camera a female voice can be heard saying: “Stay away from him.”

The security worker then appears to wrap his arms around the man’s neck in a chokehold and tugs again violently.

A bouncer with “Pro-tect Security” on the back of their jackets then taps on what looks to be another staff member on the ground, and they get up.

Along with the black clothed bouncer on the ground, the staff hoist the man from the ground and drag him away with a staff member on each side.

The one on his left wrenches the man's arm while the other curls his right arm behind him as he's escorted away.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “This footage is from Park Lane, but only shows a very small snippet of a wider and longer incident of disorder on Sunday 11 November.

“Police are speaking to numerous witnesses and the parties involved.

“Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident to establish if further action needs to be taken either from a criminal point of view, or via our licensing team in relation to this."

Park Lane did not respond to numerous requests over several days for comment.

Last week bouncers from Manchester’s Factory 251 nightclub were filmed attacking a teenager and his friend.

Footage of the rugby league star and his friend being knocked to the ground and repeatedly punched in the head went viral.

The eight bouncers involved in the incident have since been sacked and the nightclub has had its licence suspended.

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Nothing More Drops ‘Let ‘Em Burn’ Video

Nothing More has dropped a new music video for the single “Let ‘Em Burn” from the band’s latest album, The Stories We Tell Ourselves.

Nothing More vocalist Jonny Hawkins discussed the video, which portrays the tragic truth of epidemic mass shootings.

“The ‘villain and victim’ narrative in media is so seared into our brains that we can’t see straight,” he said. “The media has become our God and we have become its bitch. We are blind to human solutions because our emotions have been glued to political problems, and it has paralyzed our progress. Most of us know that mental health is the cause of mass shootings, yet we are obsessed with talking about the symptoms and gridlocking ourselves in political battles without proper action”, Hawkins added. “It’s time to find solutions… it’s time to focus on mental health,” according to him.

The three-time-Grammy-nominated band will launch its 2019 North American tour on February 21. $1 from each ticket from the headlining tour will go to the mental health charity “To Write Love On Her Arms.”

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A Citizens’ Veto Could Prevent Or Address ‘Lame-Duck’ Power Grabs In The Future [Opinion]

As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan aim to remove powers from incoming Democrats, a solution exists that could be utilized in the future.

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Michigan are attempting to usurp the will of voters, who sent Democratic candidates to their respective state gubernatorial offices last November, by removing powers they were totally comfortable seeing previous Republican governors wield.

In my home state of Wisconsin, hundreds of citizens spent hours decrying the issue during a legislative listening session, according to reporting from the Progressive. Thousands more protested the bills that aimed to remove the abilities of executive branch elected officials, including Gov.-elect Tony Evers, to govern.

Many have lambasted the actions of the “lame-duck” legislature. I’ve even read some suggestions on social media that new laws should not come about during such sessions, as they ignore the incoming government and the desires of the people to see that government address such concerns.

That’s a move that goes a bit too far, I believe, because sometimes lame-duck sessions are needed — an emergency law to deal with a natural disaster could come about, for example, only through such lame-duck legislation.

But to ensure bills attempting to change the rules of democracy itself, like what we’ve seen in the past week in Wisconsin and Michigan, don’t permanently alter the collective will of the people following an election, a new reform ought to be considered and implemented in states across the nation: the citizens’ veto.

Several states already have this ballot-driven initiative, according to National Public Radio. Some states allow such a veto through popular referendum ballots, while others specifically limit the right to only allow citizens to give a “yes” or “no” vote on a recently passed measure.

How it works is that citizens, collecting a certain threshold of signatures from voting-age persons across their state in an allotted amount of time, submit said petitions to the state demanding a “yes” or “no” vote on a particular law that was recently passed. If the petition isn’t challenged, the law is suspended until the next election date when the voters themselves decide if it should remain on the books or not.

A citizens veto could be used in Michigan, for example, if the people there become inspired enough to address the un-democratic power grab happening in their state. Wisconsin, however, doesn’t have such a means to address unpopular legislation, especially those laws that pass during a lame-duck session.

Lawmakers in the state, and specifically legislative Republicans, if they care about preserving the will of the people at all (as they have signaled they have in the past), should implement such a procedure for the people to employ if they desire. A proposed citizens veto could even be limited to the time after an election but before the new legislative term takes place, to ensure it wouldn’t be overused during the regular legislative sessions.

Given the current makeup of the state legislature — most of the Republicans that voted in favor of the power grab this year will remain in office in the next legislative term — that isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.

But just because lawmakers won’t embrace this reform doesn’t mean they shouldn’t, and citizens across the state should similarly demand the citizens’ veto be given to them. Doing so would empower voters to have their voices heard, especially in the weeks after they choose new lawmakers to lead them, and prevent such egregious power grabs from happening again in the future.

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Khloe Kardashian Flaunts Major Under Boob While Kissing True In Hot New Vacation Pic

Hot mama alert! Khloe Kardashian proved, yet again, that she’s one of the most stunning mothers in the game with this cute vacation pic starring herself and baby True.

Khloe Kardashian‘s Instagram page is basically a True Thompson fan account now, but the mom-of-one is still sneaking in a sexy pic here and there. Her latest pic is dedicated to her love and adoration for the “moon of her life,” her baby girl, but if you look closer, there’s a sexy secret. As Khloe lifts True into the air for a kiss, her cropped t-shirt rides off, showing off major under boob. That’s right; she’s not wearing anything underneath her sheer, white tee. Damn!

Her fans raved over her gorgeous photo, which showed off her remarkably flat abs and tiny waist. Can you believe this woman had a baby less than a year ago? “Ok I was looking at lovely True but I was struck by your amazing STOMACH,” one fan commented, saying what everyone was pretty much thinking. “@khloekardashian waist is SNATCHED,” commented another. One fan joked about all the haters saying that Khloe only posted the pic to show off her bod, writing, “Here’s a picture of me and my mom and my moms underboob.” So good!

Her adorable sweep of True photos comes days after a new report surfaced claiming that Khloe and Tristan Thompson were “actively” trying for baby #2 just seven months after welcoming their daughter into the world. “[Khloe] isn’t pregnant yet, but they are actively trying,” a source recently told Us Weekly. “Khloe loves being a mom. She wants True to have a sibling.” Considering that Khloe and Tristan make such cute kids, we can see why they’d want another!

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Grammy Award nominations 2019: Complete list of nominees

Get ready to make some noise: Grammy is inviting more people to the party.

Last year’s “Best New Artist” winner Alessia Cara joined forces with Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and Apple Music Beats DJ Zane Lowe Friday morning to announce the 2019 Grammy Award nominations.

The big news: The Recording Academy has upped the number of nominations in its big four — Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist — from five to eight “in order to better reflect the many entries in these categories.”

The 61st annual Grammys telecast airs February 10 on CBS at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacific.

Until then, check out this full list of nominees:

Album of the Year
H.E.R.,  “H.E.R.”
Brandie Carlile, “By the Way, I Forgive You”
Drake, “Scorpion
Various Artists, “Black Panther: The Album”
Kacey Musgraves, “Golden Hour”
Post Malone, “Beerbongs & Bentleys”
Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy”
Janelle Monáe, “Dirty Computer”

Record of the Year
Cardi B, “I Like It”
Brandi Carlile, “The Joke”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All the Stars”
Post Malone & 21 Savage, “Rockstar”
Zedd & Maren Morris, “The Middle”

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All the Stars”
Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Shawn Mendes, “In My Blood”
Brandy Carlile, “The Joke”
Zedd & Maren Morris, “The Middle”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”

Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
Dua Lipa
Margo Price
Bebe Rexha
Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance
Beck, “Colors”
Camila Cabello, “Havana”
Ariana Grande, “God is a Woman”
Lady Gaga, “Joanne”
Post Malone, “Better Now”

Best Pop Duo/Group
Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, “Fall in Line”
Backstreet Boys, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall, “‘S Wonderful”
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “Shallow”
Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, “Girls Like You”
Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton, “Say Something”
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, “The Middle”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Camila Cabello, “Camila”
Kelly Clarkson, “Meaning of Life”
Ariana Grande, “Sweetener”
Shawn Mendes, “Shawn Mendes”
Pink, “Beautiful Trauma”
Taylor Swift, “Reputation”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Diana Krall, “Love Is Here to Stay”
Willie Nelson, “My Way”
Gregory Porter, “Nat “King” Cole & Me”
Seal, “Standards (Deluxe)”
Barbra Streisand, “The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!”

Best Rap Performance
Cardi B, “Be Careful”
Drake, “Nice for What”
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake, “King’s Dead”
Anderson Paak, “Bubblin”
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk and Swae Lee, “Sicko Mode”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Christina Aguilera featuring Goldlink, “Like I Do”
6LACK ft. J. Cole, “Pretty Little Fears”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All the Stars”
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage, “Rockstar”

Best Rap Song
Drake, “God’s Plan”
Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake, “King’s Dead”
Eminem – Lucky You
Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk and Swae Lee, “Sicko Mode”
Jay Rock featuring Kendrick Lamar, “Win”

Best Rap Album
Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy”
Mac Miller, “Swimming”
Nipsey Hussle, “Victory Lap”
Pusha-T, “Daytona”
Travis Scott, “Astroworld”

Best Rock Performance
Arctic Monkeys, “Four Out of Five”
Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good”
THE FEVER 333, “Made An America”
Greta Van Fleet, “Highway Tune”
Halestorm, “Uncomfortable”

Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton, “Sex & Cigarettes”
Leon Bridges, “Good Thing”
Lalah Hathaway, “Honestly
H.E.R., “H.E.R.”
PJ Morton, “Gumbo Unplugged”

Best Dance Recording
Above & Beyond, “Northern Soul (featuring Richard Bedford)”
Disclosure, “Ultimatum (featuring Fatoumata Diawara)”
Fisher, “Losing It”
Silk City and Dua Lipa, “Electricity (featuring Diplo and Mark Ronson)”
Virtual Self, “Ghost Voices”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Jon Hopkins, “Singularity”
Justice, “Woman”
Sofi Tukker, “Treehouse”
Sophi, “Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides”
TOKiMONSTA, “Lune Rouge”

Best Comedy Album
Patton Oswalt, “Annihilation”
Dave Chappelle, “Equanimity & the Bird Revelation”
Jim Gaffigan, “Noble Ape”
Fred Armisen, “Standup for Drummers”
Chris Rock, “Tamborine”

Best Remixed Recording
Labrinth, Sia and Diplo, “LSD – Audio (CID Remix Official Dance Remix)”
Charlie Puth, “How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix)”
Gabriel & Dresden featuring Sub Teal, “Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix)”
Kygo, Justin Jesso, “Stargazing [ft. Justin Jesso] (Kaskade Remix)”
HAIM, “Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Call Me By Your Name”
“Deadpool 2 The Greatest Showman”
“Lady Bird”
“Stranger Things”

Best Recording Package
Mitski, “Be the Cowboy”
BTS, “Love Yourself: Tear”
St. Vincent, “Masseduction”
The Chairman, “The Offering”
Foxhole, “Well Kept Thing”

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Guns N’ Roses, “Appetite for Destruction (Locked N’ Loaded)”
The Decemberists, “I’ll be Your Girl”
Grateful Dead, “Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: The Complete Recordings”
“Weird” Al Yankovic, “Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of “Weird Al” Yankovic”
Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, “Too Many Bad Habits”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Larry Klein
Linda Perry
Kanye West
Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video
The Carters, “Apes***”
Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
Joyner Lucas, “I’m Not Racist”
Janelle Monáe. “PYNK”
Tierra Whack, “Mumbo Jumbo”

Best Music Film
“Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars”
“Elvis Presley: The King”

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Congo Ebola outbreak becomes second largest in history after disease spreads to major city

Containing this strain of the deadly fever is set to be an upward battle now that it has reached Butembo, a city of more than one million residents.

Health workers fear this will further complicate the fight against Ebola after the fever started spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August this year.

Violence from rebel attacks elsewhere has also made tracking the virus almost impossible in some isolated villages.

WHO's emergencies director, Dr. Peter Salama, told the STAT media outlet this week: "We are extremely concerned about the size of the vaccine stockpile."

He added that the 300,000 doses currently available were "not sufficient".

The Ebola virus, which is spread via bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead, was declared on August 1.

It is now second only to the devastating outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people between 2014 to 2016 after sweeping through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in western Africa.

There are currently 471 Ebola cases, of which 423 are confirmed, including 225 confirmed deaths, Congo health ministers said last night.

They said that without the vaccinations given to 41,000 people so far, the numbers could have risen to more than 10,000 Ebola cases.

These experimental vaccines require months to be prepared. Merck & Co has a stockpile of 300,000 doses, but there are fears more will be needed.

Health workers, contacts of Ebola victims and their contacts have so far received the vaccine in a "ring vaccination" approach.

But Dr Salama described this tactic in Butembo as "extremely impractical."

Some wary locals have resisted vaccinations or safe burials of Ebola victims as health workers battle misinformation about the virus.

John Johnson, project coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in the city, said the charity was "very concerned by the epidemiological situation" in the Butembo area.

New cases are increasing quickly in the eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, the medical charity said.

A WHO spokesman said shipments of vaccination doses arrive almost every week and said Merck was "actively working" to ensure they met with potential demand.

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