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Africa Pushes to Be First in Line for Monkeypox Vaccines

  • Concerns mount as cases rise in non-endemic African countries
  • The continent was the last to receive Covid-19 vaccines
Blood samples are drawn from a boy who’s family has been contaminated with monkeypox, in the Central African Republic.

Blood samples are drawn from a boy who’s family has been contaminated with monkeypox, in the Central African Republic.

Photographer: Charles Bouessel/AFP/Getty Images

Africa should be first in line for monkeypox vaccine supplies as the infectious viral disease spreads to non-endemic countries on the continent, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

“All counter measures, including vaccines, need to begin here on the continent because our numbers and case rates are higher than the rest of the world,” Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, Africa CDC’s deputy director, said at a virtual briefing on Thursday.