The European Union (EU) has called on member states to take stronger and more coordinated measures to combat monkeypox.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has earlier declared the disease a global public health emergency.
- European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a letter to member states’ health ministers that Europe has become the epicenter of monkeypox detection.
- Therefore, all countries must work together to control the outbreak. Khabar Arab News.
- He also felt that there should be more monitoring of the infection and accurate disclosure of the number of infected.
Stella Kyriakides said it is necessary to find out how the identified patients infected. They should kept in proper isolation.
Clear communication about the risk of the disease should maintained, including proper vaccination.
Meanwhile, the European Union’s executive branch approved the use of smallpox vaccine to prevent monkeypox.
Smallpox vaccine will used in Europe to prevent monkeypox, says Al-Jazeera, citing Danish vaccine manufacturer Bavarian Nordic.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended approval of a vaccine called Imvanex last week to treat monkeypox. The European Commission approved it on Monday.
Paul Chaplin, chief executive officer of Bavarian Nordic, said the availability of the vaccine could speed up countries’ preparedness to fight outbreaks of the deadly disease.
In addition, structural planning and investment in biological preparedness will also required.
In a statement, the company said the authorization is valid in all EU members, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. These countries can use Imvanex vaccine.
This drug has scientifically tested the European Medicines Agency. After that, whether it will released in the market, it advised the European Union.
Bavarian Nordic’s share price has soared after the monkeypox outbreak.
The European Union approved Imvanex in 2013 for the treatment of smallpox. Monkeypox and smallpox are similar.
However, Al-Jazeera reports that monkeypox is more dangerous and contagious than smallpox🔱