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WHO: Monkeypox Can Be Contained

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently told that the spread of the monkeypox can be contained from its further spread if countries share their data and vaccine stockpiles, the Reuters reports.

Sylvie Briand, WHO director for Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness, told a technical briefing for member states “We don’t know exactly the number of doses available in the world and so that’s why we encourage countries to come to WHO and tell us what are their stockpiles”.

We think that if we put in place the right measures now we probably can contain this easily. For us, we think that the key priority currently is trying to contain this transmission in non-endemic countries.

– Sylvie Briand, WHO director for Global Infectious Hazard Preparedness (source: Reuters)

According to Rosamund Lewis, WHO head of the smallpox secretariat which is part of the WHO Emergencies Programm “Case investigation, contact tracing, isolation at home will be your best bets.”

A recent study published in journal The Lancet found that two antiviral drugs “brincidofovir” and “tecovirimat” could be effective against monkeypox

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently recommended use of “Jynneos” antiviral drug “to be administered to laboratory personnel and health care providers treating patients with orthopoxvirus, the family of viruses that monkeypox falls within”.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of June 4) 751,414,255 doses have been distributed and 588,874,667 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 10,064,844 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of June 3) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,515,724 with 12,664 deaths.