GENEVA / MONKEYPOX UPDATE

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Countries need to work more together to stop the rapidly spreading outbreak of monkeypox, no matter the nationality, skin colour or religion of the affected population, a high-level official of the World Health Organization (WHO) told the media at a press briefing at the United Nations in Geneva. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / MONKEYPOX UPDATE
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DATELINE: 02 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND /FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

02 AUGUST 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room with journalists
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr Ibrahima Soce Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We have been working on monkeypox in Africa for several years. Nobody was interested. It is what is unfortunately called a 'neglected tropical diseases.' We worked a lot on that with very few resources and only when the northern countries became affected by this disease the world reacted. It was the same with the Zika virus and we have to stop this discrimination.”
4. Wide shot, press room, journalists and UN staff listening
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr Ibrahima Soce Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The world must be involved in protecting these populations, no matter their nationality, their skin colour, or their religion, etcetera. I think it is extremely important and now that more than 70 countries are affected in the world, everyone is getting active.”
6. Med shot, TV screen showing speakers, UN logo backdrop panel
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr Ibrahima Soce Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO):
“It is important, and we have already been doing so, to accelerate the research and development agenda on monkeypox so that the most affected African countries can have the resources to prevent and fight against monkeypox.”
8. Close up, laptop screen showing the speaker
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr Ibrahima Soce Fall, Assistant Director-General for Emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We have had many cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, and some sporadic cases in countries such as Ghana, Benin etc. I think it is time that the world invests so that these populations that are living in rural areas and in forest areas, can be protected. If we only treat what is happening in Europe and America, we will treat only the symptoms of monkeypox, but not the real disease. It is important that the world gets mobilised to this kind of disease.”
10. Close up, journalist
11. Med shot, journalists listening
12. Med shot, journalists taking notes
13. Wide shot, journalists, TV camera on tripod and light panel.

STORYLINE:

Countries need to work more together to stop the rapidly spreading outbreak of monkeypox, no matter the nationality, skin colour or religion of the affected population, a high-level official of the World Health Organization (WHO) told the media today (2 Aug) at a press briefing at the United Nations in Geneva.

Speaking via Zoom from Dakar, Senegal, Dr Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Emergencies said that “we have been working on monkeypox in Africa for several years, but nobody was interested.”

He added that “this is what’s unfortunately called a ‘neglected tropical disease.’ We worked a lot on that with very few resources and it was needed that the northern countries are getting affected by this disease for the world to react. It was the same with the Zika virus and we must stop this discrimination.”

On 23 July, the WHO has declared the spread of the virus to be a public health emergency of international concern, the organization’s highest level of alert. Through this, WHO aims to enhance coordination, cooperation of countries and all stakeholders, as well as global solidarity.

According to WHO’s Dr. Fall, “the world must be involved to protect these populations, no matter their nationality, their skin colour, or their religion, etc. I think it is extremely important and now that more than 70 countries are affected in the world, everyone is getting active.”

Until this year, the virus which causes Monkeypox has rarely spread outside Africa where it is endemic. But reports of a handful of cases in Britain in early May signalled that the outbreak had moved into Europe.

“It is important, and we have already been doing so, to accelerate the research and development agenda on monkeypox so that the most affected African countries can have the resources to prevent and fight against monkeypox,” said Dr. Fall.

A vaccine was approved in 2019 for the prevention of monkeypox, however availability remains limited at the moment.

“We have had many cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Cameroon, and some sporadic cases in countries such as Ghana, Benin, etcetera,” Dr. Fall said.

“I think it is time that the world invests so that these populations that are living in rural areas and in forest areas, can be protected”. According to WHO’s Dr. Fall, “if we only treat what is happening in Europe and America, we will only treat the symptoms of monkeypox, but not the real disease. It is important that the world gets mobilised to this kind of disease.”
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