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Monkeypox: Experts at AIDS conference say the current global response is not enough

803 cases of the virus have been reported in Canada as of July 29
Marina Klein, Research Director and Professor of Medicine at the Division of Infectious Diseases at McGill University, left, and Sharon Lewin, International AIDS Society President-Elect speak during a roundtable discussion on monkeypox the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal, Sunday, July 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

A panel of scientists and activists at the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal are urging worldwide governments to ramp up resources to handle the monkeypox outbreaks.

The plea comes as international experts gathered earlier today to discuss the necessity to avoid reproducing mistakes made during the early HIV response.

Dr. Meg Doherty, director of the World Health Organization’s global HIV, hepatitis and STIs programs, told reporters an equitable approach is crucial to ensure the tools are available not only to wealthier countries, but also in Africa where monkeypox is traditionally found.

Over 19,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported over the last few months from 78 countries, mostly among men who have sex with other men, with 803 cases in Canada as of July 29.

Keletso Makofane, a public health researcher at Harvard University, called the monkeypox global response “worse than the initial HIV response,” saying there was already enough information about the virus to contain it.

Meanwhile, Marina Klein, research director of the medicine at the division of infectious diseases and chronic viral illnesses service at Montreal’s McGill University, said more studies are needed to understand the extent of the disease transmission.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship

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About the Author: Jane Skrypnek

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