By | July 24, 2022
Micrographs of transmission electrons colored in color Monkeypox virus particles. NIAID
The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the monkeypox epidemic which has spread across the globe as a public health emergency. This is a decision which will allow the agency to adopt additional steps to stop the spread of the virus.In a unique decision, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the announcement even though the committee composed of experts that he convened to examine the issue didn’t advise the decision after failing to come to the consensus. The same panel met one month earlier and refused to declare an emergency in public health of international significance, or PHEIC.

Although the committee doesn’t formal vote, a survey of its members showed that nine members believed that the PHEIC could not be declared, while six favored a declaration. The group’s meeting was held at the end of June split was three against and 11 for.

“Nine and six is very, very close,” Tedros declared in a press conference to annnouce the result. “Since the role of the committee is to advise, I then had to act as a tie-breaker.”

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