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Any vaccination campaign against monkeypox “must start in Africa,” said acting chief of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Told On Thursday, as concerns mount, wealthy countries will repeat the missteps of the Covid-19 pandemic and ignore the continent in a hurry to secure scarce supplies.

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Africa CDC acting director Ahmed Ogwell Oma said countries on the continent most affected by the disease have not received any monkeypox vaccine, despite seeing higher infections, higher risks and wider geographic spread.

Ouma stressed that vaccines should be shared and warned that the outbreak in Africa “is not over yet.”

He cautioned against repeating the situation in African countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, where the continent was unable to secure life-saving vaccines as wealthy countries cut supplies.

Oma said 1,597 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported across Africa this year, of which 66 are fatal.

He Told Infections have been confirmed in nine different countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Morocco, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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