CDC Africa: Vaccine Hoarding During Covid-19 Don’t Repeat in Monkeypox Cases

A mild viral infection, monkeypox, is endemic in a number of African countries.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JOHANNESBURG — Acting Director of the African Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC Africa), Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, hopes Vaccine stockpiling during the Covid-19 pandemic it will not be repeated in the outbreak monkey pox at the moment. A mild viral infection, monkeypox, is endemic in a number of African countries such as Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nigeria.

More than 200 suspected and confirmed cases of monkeypox have been detected in at least 19 countries since early May and most of them have been reported in Europe. “Vaccines should be distributed to where they are needed most and equitably, so it’s based on risk, and not based on who can afford it,” Ahmed said.

“We are coordinating with all member countries on the African continent to increase surveillance against monkeypox,” he said.

He also asked the general public not to seek vaccines if they were not at risk of contracting the virus because this would suppress supplies for people in need. supply smallpox vaccine currently available will be prioritized for health workers and areas reporting confirmed cases, Ouma said.

“The first priority is health workers on the front lines, and then the affected communities where the outbreak was first described, before reaching the general public,” he said.

“We do not yet have enough preparation for the general public,” he said.

source: Antara/Reuters

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