One month too late.
The World Health Organisation have finally gotten round to declaring monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), but only after WHO chief Dr Tedros overrode the views of his own advisors!
“Committee Members’ views NOT in support of the prospective determination of a PHEIC”
The Committee Members did not reach a consensus regarding their advice on determination of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for this event.
Having considered the views of Committee Members and Advisors as well as other factors in line with the International Health Regulations, the Director-General has determined that the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
In light of the evolving #monkeypox outbreak with over 16,000 reported cases from 75 countries & territories, I reconvened the emergency committee. Based on the Intl. Health Regulations criteria, I decided to declare this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of Intl. Concern. https://t.co/jtSj4pZTvl
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) July 23, 2022
Second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country outbreak of monkeypox
Global monkeypox spread slowing, with many European countries slowing their outbreaks.
However, Spain and the US have not slowed, and are both have higher exponential spread than worldwide trend. We really need to ramp up our response NOW. pic.twitter.com/AZ4Hg7UN91
— JWeiland (@JPWeiland) July 18, 2022