COVID-19, HPV, smallpox and polio: four vaccine successes | Coronavirus pandemic

Most people will agree the key to easing COVID-19 restrictions has been the use of vaccinations. Although they are imperfect in that they do not prevent a person from getting COVID-19 itself, they do offer a good level of protection against serious illness. Some argue their protection wanes over time. This is true, which is … Read more

China still withholding data on Covid origins, WHO panel suggests

But, in a reflection of the political wrangling that has dogged the drafting of this report and wider efforts to trace the pandemic’s origins, three of the 27 independent scientists disagreed. In a footnote experts from China, Russia and Brazil said there is “no scientific evidence to question the conclusion” of the previous report. “Having … Read more

Monkeypox: Cut your number of sexual partners to help fight virus, WHO urges

Dr Hans Kluge, the head of WHO’s European division, has warned the current outbreak of the tropical disease ‘may not be containable’ People should reduce their number of sexual partners to help fight the spread of monkeypoxtea World Health Organization has urged. Dr Hans Kluge, the head of WHO’s European division, has warned the current … Read more

WHO insists Pride parades pose low monkeypox risk because most transmission is linked to nightclubs

Pride parades pose little risk of spreading monkeypox because most transmission is linked to ‘enclosed spaces’ such as nightclubs, a World Health Organization adviser has hinted. Andy Seale, from the agency’s department for HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, said in a briefing yesterday there was no ‘enhanced risk’ of transmission at the annual celebrations. … Read more

The US is offering vaccines to certain people exposed to monkeypox. Here’s what you should know

CNN — As global health leaders investigate an unusual outbreak of monkeypox across more than a dozen countries, discussions in the United States have turned to vaccination against the disease – and certain people exposed to the virus could be offered a vaccine. Vaccines for monkeypox are now available to some health care workers treating … Read more

WHO expert David Heymann says monkeypox outbreak came from sex at European raves

the ongoing monkeypox outbreak could have stemmed from sexual activity at raves in Europe, according to a World Health Organization expert. Dr. David Heymann said that the unusual spread could have originated from sexual encounters at recent gatherings in Belgium and Spain. “We know monkeypox can spread when there is close contact with the lesions … Read more

Expert: Monkeypox likely spread by sex at 2 raves in Europe

LONDON (AP) — A leading adviser to the World Health Organization described the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox in developed countries as “a random event” that might be explained by sexual behavior at two recent raves in Europe. Dr. David Heymann, who formerly headed WHO’s emergencies department, told The Associated Press that the leading theory to … Read more

‘Emergency’: WHO expects more monkeypox cases globally | World Health Organization News

World Health Organization reports 92 confirmed monkeypox cases and 28 suspected ones in 12 nations as the mysterious spread continues. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it expects to identify more cases of monkeypox as it expands surveillance in countries where the disease is not typically found. As of Saturday, 92 confirmed cases and 28 … Read more

WHO emergency meeting amid ‘largest Monkeypox outbreak ever’ in Europe

T Hey World Health Organization was due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the monkeypox outbreak after more than 100 cases were confirmed or suspected in Europe. In what Germany described as the largest outbreak in Europe ever, cases have been reported in at least eight European countries – belgium, FranceGermany, Italy, … Read more

African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US

LONDON (AP) — Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease’s recent spread in Europe and North America. Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, … Read more