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WHO says no need for mass monkeypox vaccinations

HealthWHO says no need for mass monkeypox vaccinations

World (The Times Groupe)- An official at the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that mass vaccinations against monkeypox are not necessary.

At the 75th World Health Assembly, Dr. Sylvie Briand, the WHO’s director of epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention, spoke at a special briefing for the organization’s member states on the “Multi-Country Monkeypox Outbreak.”

“This is a zoonotic disease, which means that it is transmitted by animals. Unfortunately, we don’t know what the animal reservoir for this virus is,” she said.

Briand said the disease is endemic in more than nine African countries, where outbreaks have occurred in recent years.

“We have been advised so far that there is no need for mass vaccinations or large immunization campaigns,” she added.

As of now, nearly 200 cases have been reported all over the world, and she said that the number is likely to increase in the days ahead as this is only “the very, very beginning of this crisis.”

“We do not recommend travel bans or restrictions, and we need to keep telling the public what we know and what is being done. We need to just take the right measures,” the WHO official said.

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