The date is set for June 23. There, the WHO could well raise Monkeypox to the rank of Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of alert.
1,600 confirmed cases, as many suspected cases, 72 dead, and 39 countries affected, including 32 newly affected: this is the latest inventory drawn up by theWorld Health Organization (WHO).
“I think it is now clear that there is an unusual situation, which means that the virus behaves in an unusual way compared to how it behaved in the past”WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday. “But it’s also affecting more and more countries, and we think there’s also a need for a coordinated response because of the geographic spread.”.
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See you on June 23
Suddenly, the WHO decided to convene a meeting of the emergency committee. A meeting set for June 23 during which the Monkeypox could see its alert level raised to the rank of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Or the highest level of alert of the health agency, which today is only applied for Covid and polio.
According to the WHO, a public health emergency of international concern is “an extraordinary event that is determined to pose a risk to the public health of other states through the international spread of a disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response”.