The first signs of a slowdown in the outbreak of monkey pox in Europe seem to be approaching the end of this health emergency. According to the Organization world health (WHO), It can “end up eliminating monkeypox” in Europe, after the “first signs of slowing of the outbreak”.
The regional director of the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mr. dr Hans Henri P. Klugeexplained that “our region was where the first cases of this outbreak emerged and where we are seeing the first signs of slowing down. We believe that we can eventually eliminate monkeypox if we commit to doing so. This political goal is a clear message to everyone about what we believe to be the ultimate goal”.
Dr. Kluge (WHO): “We are seeing the first signs of a slowdown in Europe. We believe that we can end up eliminating monkeypox if we commit to doing so”
In addition, WHO Europe has launched a series of reports on monkeypox for the WHO European Region, which covers 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia. These reports will support Member States that are already responding directly to the outbreak and help prepare those that have not yet reported cases.
The first document, produced in collaboration with the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), offers recommendations on how to control the outbreak. Its objective is to achieve and maintain the elimination of monkeypox in the region. “No single intervention will achieve this goal: success will depend on the application of multiple interventions combined”, collects the text.
Early response to monkeypox in Europe
On the other hand, the Dr Catherine SmallwoodSenior Emergency Officer at WHO Europe and responsible for the monkeypox outbreak, noted that “the objective is to take advantage of the early response to monkeypox in Europe; with the clear overall goal of eliminating sustained human-to-human transmission in the region”. For her part, the director of the ECDC, andrea amonpointed out that these reports “outline ways we can start to control monkeypox infection in Europe”.
Dr. Smallwood: “The goal is to build on the early response to monkeypox in Europe to eliminate sustained human-to-human transmission”
Among the steps to follow, the director of the ECDC highlights the isolation of cases, the appropriate use of therapeutics and vaccines, as well as the commitment to the affected communities. This will serve to ensure that public health information is communicated quickly and effectively. “Multiple steps and approaches must be applied simultaneously to ensure impact. Indicators are also proposed to monitor countries’ progress towards this goal.Ammond added.
The second WHO document refers to the vaccination policies, of special interest to managers of national immunization programs. Specifically, the report refers to the planning of vaccination programs against monkeypox; especially in the context of limited vaccine supplies and the need to generate evidence on their use.
“It not only contains descriptions of the available vaccines, but also compiles recommendations on vaccines from the WHO and other international organizations; summaries of vaccination strategies already applied by European countries; and guidance on the decision-making process”, he explained Siddhartha Sankar DattaRegional Advisor on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Immunization for WHO Europe.