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VIDEO: WHO declares rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency

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The epidemic of monkeypox has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) due to its “extraordinary” spread to more than 70 countries.

Despite the fact that the emergency committee of the U.N. agency for health was devoid of agreement among the experts serving on it, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus decided to make the proclamation.

It was the first time the head of a U.N. health organization has done something like that.

According to Tedros, ‘We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission about which we understand too little and which meets the criteria  in the international health regulations

‘I know this has not been an easy or straightforward process and that there are divergent views among the members of the committee,’ he added.

The highest degree of alert according to WHO is a worldwide emergency, but this does not always imply that a disease is extremely contagious or deadly.

According to WHO’s emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, the director-general made the decision to put monkeypox in that category to ensure the global community takes the current outbreaks seriously. 

The announcement by the UN health agency may encourage additional spending on the once-rare disease’s treatment while potentially making the competition for limited vaccination supplies harsher.

Declaring a worldwide emergency indicates that the monkeypox outbreak is a “extraordinary event” that may spread to other nations and necessitates a coordinated international response.

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