Monkeypox Who needs a vaccine against this virus? – The financial

monkeypox it’s not as aggressive as COVID-19. It’s not airborne, and it’s a lot less lethal. It has also been around for decades.

But some similarities emerged in the way we handled the two viruses: the distribution of vaccines has been delayedlike trials. It is generally endemic to Africa and has rarely been detected outside of developing countries, but monkeypox is now sand has spread to over 70 countries in just a few months.

To spur a global sense of urgency and coordination, last weekend WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the outbreak as a public health emergency of international interest.

But so far the virus too spread mainly within the same population: men who have sex with men.

“Although the incidence of monkeypox has increased by 77% worldwide over the past month, the risk to the general public is considered low,” says Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Although technically not a sexually transmitted infection, made its way into sex networks highly interconnected.

Monkeypox says, spread by direct contact with the infectious rashscabs or body fluids, through respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, or by touching objects such as clothing that have already touched the rash.

Vaccination against monkeypox

There are two licensed vaccines by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of monkeypox: Jynneos and ACAM2000,” Wallace said. However, ACAM2000 not recommended for certain populations patients, including pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems and people with skin conditions. This put a lot of pressure on Jynneos’ supply.

“Due to supply issues, with the virus only spreading through very close contact, the Jynneos vaccine is currently recommended only for those at high risk infectionsaid Wallace.

For now, this group is limited to people who have likely been exposed to the virus.

“For those who are not at high riskor and do not qualify for the vaccine, preventive measures that can be used to prevent monkeypox are avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have monkeypox-like rashWallace commented.

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