WHO warns ‘sustained transmission’ of monkeypox risks vulnerable groups – Fox News
The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox “not an international public health emergency,” but just two days later is scrambling to meet because of an “evolving” situation.
The WHO’s Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the committee advised him to reconvene quickly and that the virus could potentially move into high-risk groups. Admittedly they are “seeing several cases among kids.”
The WHO acknowledged the situation should be “closely monitored” and the decision to declare an emergency “reviewed after a few weeks” if the outbreak “intensifies” or if there is evidence of an increase in cases, morbidity or mortality, or hospitalization rates.
The news comes less than 24 hours after the White House announced the first phase of its national monkeypox vaccine strategy. Nearly 60,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine will be deployed from the Strategic National Stockpile. Two hundred fifty thousand additional doses will be made available in the coming weeks to slow the spread of the disease. In the coming months, another 1.6 million amounts will be released, federal health officials said on a Tuesday evening press call.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that it offers vaccines to those at high risk of contracting monkeypox.
Benjamin said the Biden Administration plan is sound and uses the best practices we have learned to get more people vaccinated and tested for COVID for monkeypox.
According to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 5,000 monkeypox cases have been identified globally, including 306 cases in the U.S.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- WHO warns ‘sustained transmission’ of monkeypox risks vulnerable groups Fox News
- WHO monkeypox emergency committee to reconvene ‘as soon as possible due to ‘evolving situation’ Fortune
- Your Monkeypox Questions Answered | MedPage Today Medpage Today
- WHO: ‘Sustained Transmission’ of Monkeypox Threatens Vulnerable Groups Newsmax
- WHO: Pregnant women and children vulnerable to monkeypox DW (English)