The acting director general of the African Institute of Public Health said on Thursday that he hoped the vaccine collection, as seen by richer nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, would not be repeated with the current Monkeypox outbreak.
Monkeypox, usually a mild viral infection, is endemic to the African countries of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo and Nigeria.
But it has caused a worldwide uproar after more than 200 suspected and confirmed cases of the virus were detected in at least 19 countries since early May, mostly in Europe. No deaths have been reported so far.
“Vaccines should go where they are most needed and in a fair way, based on risk, not on who can buy it,” said Ahmed Ogwell Ouma of the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention at a news conference.
The World Health Organization has previously warned against storing COVID-19 vaccines and threatening supplies to poorer countries where sowing rates are low.
Ogwell Ouma’s comments came a day after South African pathologists said they did not believe there was a need for a global mass vaccination campaign against Monkeypox and that vaccines should be prioritized for other deadly infections.
Africa has used smallpox vaccines to control the outbreak of monkey vaccines in the past, he said, urging the public to avoid looking for these vaccines and squeezing supplies for those most at risk.
“The priorities are first the health workers who are at the forefront and then the communities that are affected where the epidemic is first characterized, before the public is thought of,” said Ogwell Ouma.
“We know how to deal with it … and we are happy to share the knowledge, experience and skills we have built overtime with countries that are seeing Monkeypox now.
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