Targeted vaccine campaigns helped the West get on top of monkeypox

Countries such as the UK and France are now reporting zero daily cases of monkeypox as a result of offering the limited vaccine doses available to the most at-risk people



Health



23 December 2022

A smallpox vaccine being given to protect against mpox in Los Angeles in August

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Monkeypox cases in the West have plummeted due to the fast roll-out of vaccines targeting the most at-risk people, marking one of the biggest public health successes of 2022.

In early May, the virus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) recently renamed mpox, was identified outside its endemic countries in West and Central Africa.

Cases quickly increased worldwide, with more than 100 new infections being reported every day by mid-June. After peaking at 1075 reported cases on …


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