Current vaccination strategy for monkeypox ‘may not be effective for preventing infection’


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Although case numbers are much lower globally in comparison to COVID-19 when it began, monkeypox is still considered a significant threat.

Earlier this year, the WHO (World Health Organisation) declared the outbreak a global health emergency, its highest warning level.

Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedross Ghebreyesus said: “We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria in the international health regulations. For these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern.

“WHO’s assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region where we assess the risk as high. There is also a clear risk of further international spread, although the risk of interference with international traffic remains low for the moment.”

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