Africa CDC warns on vaccine hoarding amid monkeypox outbreak

JOHANNESBURG, May 26 (Reuters) – The acting director of Africa’s top public health agency said on Thursday that he hoped vaccine hoarding, as seen by wealthier nations during the COVID-19 pandemic, would not be repeated with the current monkeypox outbreak. Monkeypox, a usually mild viral infection, is endemic in the African countries of Cameroon, Central … Read more

Monkeypox can be contained if we act now, WHO says

No need for mass vaccination currently, body says More data sharing needed on vaccine stockpiles Some 300 cases reported outside Africa so far GENEVA, May 27 (Reuters) – Countries should take quick steps to contain the spread of monkeypox and share data about their vaccine stockpiles, a senior World Health Organization official said on Friday. … Read more

Explainer: What vaccines, treatments do we have to combat monkeypox?

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – With cases of … Read more

Africa objects to US push to reform health rules at WHO assembly

Dr TedrosÊAdhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) speaks following his re-election during the 75th World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GENEVA, May 24 (Reuters) – African countries raised an objection on Tuesday to a … Read more

WHO says monkeypox outbreak ‘containable’, confirms 131 cases outside Africa

GENEVA, May 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday there have been 131 confirmed monkeypox cases and 106 further suspected cases since the first was reported on May 7 outside the countries where it usually spreads. While the outbreak is unusual, it remains “containable” and limited, the WHO said, and it … Read more

Biden says no change on ‘strategic ambiguity’ as Taiwan overshadows Quad talks

TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Tuesday there was no change to a US policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan, a day after he angered China by saying he would be willing to use force to defend the democratic island . The issue of Taiwan loomed over a meeting in Tokyo … Read more

WHO says no urgent need for mass monkeypox vaccinations

Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive” are seen in this illustration taken May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Current cases ‘only tip of iceberg’ Vaccine, antiviral supplies relatively limited People can attend events, but practice good hygiene, safe sex LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – The World Health … Read more

Cryptoverse: Is the end of the bitcoin winter nigh?

May 24 (Reuters) – The crypto winter is into its ninth week and bitcoin can’t shake the chills. From technicals to turnover, market indicators are flashing red or amber for the biggest cryptocurrency, which has lost a third of its value in just two months. So what now? Register now for FREE unlimited access to … Read more

WHO says no evidence monkeypox virus has mutated

May 23 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization does not have evidence that the monkeypox virus has mutated, a senior executive at the UN agency said on Monday, noting the infectious disease that has been endemic in west and central Africa has tended not to change . Rosamund Lewis, head of the smallpox secretariat that … Read more

Taiwan’s efforts to join WHO assembly fail

GENEVA, May 23 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s bid to take part in the World Health Organization’s annual assembly was rejected on Monday, the assembly said, in a decision that follows a campaign of diplomatic pressure from China to isolate the island. Assembly President Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh, also Djibouti’s health minister, said in a statement that a … Read more