WHO to assess if monkeypox an international health emergency

Geneva: The WHO said Tuesday it would hold an emergency meeting on June 23 to determine whether to classify the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

“The outbreak of monkeypox is unusual and concerning. For that reason I have decided to convene the Emergency Committee under the international health regulations next week, to assess whether this outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists.

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