Africa CDC in "very advanced" talks for monkeypox vaccines
Why it matters: The continent of 1.3 billion people, where more monkeypox deaths have been reported this year than anywhere else in the world, does not yet have a single dose of the vaccine.
Driving the news: Ahmed Ogwell, the acting director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that the potential partners are "largely multilateral institutions and non-African governments," per AP.
- Vaccine doses made by the private sector have already been bought by other countries, Ogwell added.
- A clinical trial is underway in Congo for the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent the virus.
The big picture: At least 11 African countries have reported 2,947 monkeypox cases this year and 104 deaths, per AP.
- The World Health Organization last month declared the monkeypox outbreak an international emergency.
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