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Africa CDC warns of vaccine hoarding over monkeypox epidemic

More than 200 suspected and confirmed cases of the virus have been discovered in at least 19 countries.

  • Acting Director Ahmed Ogwell Ouma of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said monkeypox vaccines should go where it is most needed.
  • Grandma said he hopes the episode of vaccine storage seen during the Covid-19 pandemic will not be repeated with the current outbreak of monkey pox.
  • The available supplies of smallpox vaccines will be a priority for healthcare professionals and areas with confirmed cases of the virus.

The acting director of Africa’s top public health agency said he hoped the episode of vaccine storage seen during the Covid-19 pandemic would not be repeated with the current outbreak of monkey pox.

Monkeypox, a mild viral infection, is endemic in the African countries of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria.

More than 200 suspected and confirmed cases of the virus, the majority in Europe, have been detected in at least 19 countries since the beginning of May.

“Faxes need to go to where it is most needed and fair, so based on risk, and not on who can buy it,” said Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are working with all our Member States on the continent to lift the surveillance of monkey pox,” he said, urging the general public to avoid looking for vaccines if they are not at risk of contracting the virus. because this would put pressure on supplies for those who need them.

The available supplies of smallpox vaccines will be prioritized to health workers and areas with confirmed cases of the virus, Grandma said.

“The priority is first health workers who are in the front line, and then the affected communities where the epidemics are first characterized, before they are considered by the general public,” he said. “We do not yet have enough supplies to be able to reach the general public.”


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Africa CDC warns of vaccine hoarding over monkeypox epidemic

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