This is the eighth outbreak in the DRC since 1976.
"Congo has extensive experience in addressing, dealing with, and controlling Ebola outbreaks", she said. "[We are] putting all these preparations in place so it can go at that speed as soon as we get the green light".
In a statement made available to THISDAY, the Technical Adviser, Communications, NCDC, Dr. Lawal Bakare said the emergency meeting, which was chaired by the Chief Executive Officer, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, had representatives from the Department of Public Health and Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), US-Centers for Disease Control, the African Field Epidemiology Network and the University of Maryland Baltimore. Congo has already experienced seven much smaller outbreaks.
Salama said that there were now 18 suspected cases of Ebola, resulting in three deaths, and two cases of laboratory confirmed Ebola. They are the first case - a 39-year-old man - a person who cared for him and a man who drove him on a motorcycle to get help.
While WHO waits for the vaccines to be approved, the organization is making sure the treatment can be used immediately after permission has been granted by working with Guinea's government to move equipment over and discovering the outbreak's epidemiology. Thirty-two cases appeared between 2008-2009, causing an estimated 15 deaths in Kasai.
"WHO and other NCDC partners are committed to continued support to the country in its efforts to ensure its health security is protected".
In addition to waiting for an official invitation from Kinshasa, there are a number of logistical challenges to rolling out a trial. Salama described the area, which is around 1,400 kilometres from the capital Kinshasa, as isolated and hard-to-reach, with virtually no functioning telecommunications and few paved roads. He said the vaccine must be kept at a temperature of -80 centigrade, a challenge in an area without wide-scale electrification.
Salama said that aid workers had reached a town in the Likati zone, which was as close as they had been able to come to the epicenter of the outbreak.
Health experts are investigating how the virus resurfaced in Congo after killing 49 people in 2014.
Their first priority is the "basic detective work" of tracing more than 400 people who are contacts of the known cases, Salama said, followed by case management and isolation.