WHO’s Tedros acted as tie-breaker to break disagreement over Monkeypox designation

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WHO’s Tedros acted as tie-breaker to break disagreement over Monkeypox designation

World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gives a statement on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination, during a European Union – African Union summit, in Brussels, Belgium February 18, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool/

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ZURICH/LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) – World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Saturday he had to act as a tie-breaker to resolve a disagreement on whether to declare the Monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency.

Nine members of the expert committee were against the designation with six in favour, Tedros told reporters after the WHO gave the virus the highest level of alert. read more

“Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern, for the moment this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners,” Tedros said.

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Reporting by John Revill in Zurich and Natalie Grover in London, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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