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WHO discuss declaring the outbreak of monkeypox a global health emergency

World Health Organizationconvenes an emergency committee on Thursday, and a spiral ofmonkeypoxjustifies a global emergency declaration The decision by some experts to act only after the WHO illness has spilled into the west is a grotesque decision that arose between rich and poor countries during the coronavirus pandemic. It can settle inequality.

Declaring monkeypox as a global emergency risks the United Nations health agency seeing the outbreak as an "abnormal event" and spreading the disease across more borders. Means that there is. It also gives monkeypox the same distinction as the COVID-19 pandemic and makes ongoing efforts to eradicate polio.

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Many scientists suspect such a declaration Developed countries recording the latest cases are already moving quickly to close it, which will help curb the epidemic.

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Last week, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Gebreyes was confirmed in more than 40 countries, mainly in Europe. He explained the recent epidemic of monkeypox as follows. It's rare and I'm worried. Monkeypox has sickened people in Central and West Africa for decades. There, one version of the disease kills up to 10% of people. So far, no deaths have been reported in trans-African epidemics.

"If WHO was really worried about the spread of monkeypox, it would have been possible to convene an emergency committee a few years ago when monkeypox recurred in Nigeria. Why suddenly hundreds of cases No one knew if this happened, "said Oyewale Tomori. A Nigerian virologist who belongs to several WHO advisory groups. "It's a little strange that WHO called their experts only when the illness appeared in a white country," he said.

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Monkeypox did not occur until last month. Significant outbreaks across Africa. Scientists haven't found a major genetic change in the virus, and WHO's lead adviser last month saw a surge in cases in Europe sexually occurring gay and bisexual men in two rave in Spain and Belgium. He said it may be related to the activity.

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To date, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more than 3,300 cases in 42 non-virus countries. I have confirmed monkeypox. Usually seen. Over 80% of cases are in Europe. Meanwhile, more than 1,400 cases have already been seen in Africa this year, including 62 deaths.

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David Fidler, Senior Fellow of Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, said WHO's new attention to monkeypox across Africa is a rich country to be seen. During COVID-19, which stated that inequality between poor countries could be inadvertently exacerbated.

"There may be good reason why WHO issued a warning only when monkeypox spread to rich countries, but it looks like a double standard to poor countries. "Fidler said. He said that the global community is still struggling to ensure that the world's poor are vaccinated against the coronavirus, and given competing priorities like malaria and HIV, Africans. Said it was unclear if he wanted a monkeypox vaccine.

"Unless the African government specifically demands a vaccine, it may be a bit of a favor to send the vaccine, as it is in the Western interest to block the export of monkeypox," Fidler said. Told.

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WHO He also proposed the creation of a vaccine sharing mechanism to support affected countries, with the largest monkeypox outbreaks across Africa and doses to rich countries such as the United Kingdom, which has recently expanded vaccine use. It may be widespread.

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So far, most cases in Europe have sex with gay or bisexual men, or men. It was another man. However, scientists warn that people in close contact with infected persons, or their clothing and bed sheets, are at risk of infection, regardless of their sexual orientation. People with monkeypox often experience symptoms such as fever, body aches, and rashes. Most recover within a few weeks without the need for medical care.

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WHO says monkeypox is unclear what impact it could have in a global emergency.

In January 2020, WHO declared COVID-19 an international emergency. But until March, when many other authorities described it as a pandemic a few weeks later, few countries were paying attention. WHO was later accused of multiple failures throughout the pandemic. Some experts say it may be encouraging a quick response to monkeypox.

"After COVID, WHO does not want to be the last person to declare monkeypox an emergency," said Amanda Glassman, executive vice president of the Center for Global Development. "This may not go up to the level of an emergency like COVID, but it is still a public health emergency that needs to be addressed."

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Epidemiologist and Deputy Prime Minister of the University Salim Abdool Karim South Africa's Kwazul Natal Said WHO and others should work harder to stop monkeypox in Africa and elsewhere, but was not convinced that a global emergency declaration would help.

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"There is a misguided idea that Africa is this poor and helpless continent, but in reality it is fashionable. I know how to deal with it, "said Abdul Karim. He said stopping the outbreak ultimately depends on surveillance, patient isolation, and public education.

"Maybe we need a vaccine in Europe to stop monkeypox, but here we were able to control it in a very simple way," he said.

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