WHO says monkeypox remains global health emergency

November 2, 2022 - 5:42 PM
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The World Health Organization logo is pictured at the entrance of the WHO building, in Geneva, Switzerland, December 20, 2021. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse/File Photo)

The monkeypox outbreak continues to represent a global health emergency, which is the World Health Organization‘s highest level of alert, the UN agency’s Emergency Committee said on Tuesday.

The WHO label, a “public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”, is designed to trigger a coordinated international response and could unlock funding to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.

The WHO said in July that the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak represented a global health emergency.

—Reporting by Abinaya Vijayaraghavan in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta