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Africa, Where Monkeypox Is Endemic, Gets No Vaccines

  • Inoculation shortages mirror Africa’s Covid-19 problems
  • Africa CDC says it’s engaging with vaccine developers
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Africa, the only continent where monkeypox is endemic, has yet to receive vaccines for the virus as the infectious disease spreads around the world, the continent’s top health body said.

While monkeypox was declared a public-health emergency of international concern by the head of the World Health Organization at the weekend, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to secure any doses of the inoculations, said Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, the agency’s deputy director. The WHO declaration moves the outbreak to the highest level of alert, helping to marshal more resources globally to curb the outbreak.