WHO will most likely declare Monkeypox a global health emergency: Report

The World Health Organization (WHO) may designate Monkeypox as a global health emergency, even as the global agency’s expert group is divided over the decision, the news agency reported. Reutersciting sources.

The committee met on Thursday to discuss the matter. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who is responsible for making the final decision, has always followed the committee’s recommendation in the past.

Despite the lack of a majority view, he is seriously considering declaring the highest alert level for Monkeypox due to his concerns about the urgency of the situation.

Tedros will address a virtual press conference at 1300 GMT on Saturday to announce his decision.

The label – a “public health emergency of international concern” – currently only applies to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing efforts to eradicate polio.

Need for WHO call

In recent weeks, pressure from scientists and public health experts has increased on the WHO and national governments to take more action against Monkeypox.

More than 14,000 cases, and five deaths, have now been reported from 71 WHO member states.

When the committee first met in late June, there were only about 3,000 cases.

The WHO warning serves to sound the alarm and could also unlock funding and global efforts to work together to share vaccines and treatments.

There are already effective treatments and vaccines for Monkeypox, but they are scarce. The WHO has also been providing advice and updates since the outbreak began in early May.

Call for vaccination

Some experts have expressed concern that declaring Monkeypox a global emergency could inadvertently exacerbate the rush for vaccines, despite the mildness of the disease seen in most countries.

dr. Dimie Ogoina, a professor of medicine at Nigeria’s Niger Delta University, said he feared the world’s limited vaccine supply would lead to a repeat of the problems created during the coronavirus pandemic when poorer countries were left empty-handed after rich countries spent most of their lives. the doses.

“There’s no point in controlling the outbreak in Europe and America alone, because then you still have the (animal) source of the outbreak in Africa,” said Ogoina, who sits on the WHO’s Monkeypox Emergency Committee. , earlier this week.

With input from authorities.

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