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Davos elite don’t expect a Covid-19 style health crisis from monkeypox


In May 2022, political and business leaders convened in Davos, Switzerland’s hilltop city for the World Economic Forum.

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This week, the political and business elite met in Davos (Switzerland) for their first ever in-person meeting. World Economic ForumSince the Covid-19 pandemic began, the global health problems have been increasing.

A mysterious recent outbreak of monkeypox — a rare viral infection endemic to Africa — has confounded doctors and scientists as cases have surged across Europe, North America, Australia and the Middle East.

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Effective Wednesday at least 237 confirmed and suspected cases of the disease have been reported globally — double the number recorded at the start of the Davos conference Monday. Rashes are the most common symptoms. fever, headaches, muscle ache, swelling and backpain.

Business leaders spoke out at the conference, saying that they do not see any risk from the virus as similar to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

I wouldn’t be worried too much

A CEO at a major pharmaceutical firm PfizerHe stated Wednesday, “He “wouldn’t worry much”Noting the increase in cases, current data suggest that monkeypox is not as transmissible as other viruses like Covid-19.

Albert Bourla, a CNBC reporter, stated that “with everything I know”, he wouldn’t be worried much. He also said there are treatments available to reduce the effects of the virus.

Roman Woelfel, head of the Institute of Microbiology of the German Armed Forces, works in Munich in his laboratory, May 20, 2022 after Germany detected the first case of monkeypox.

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Smallpox vaccines have been shown to be 85% effective in preventing monkeypox. Already France and Denmark are considering targeted vaccination campaigns for those most at risk of transmitting the disease.

Bourla’s comments echo those of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention, who said Monday that the monkeypox virus “is not Covid,”Noting that the virus cannot easily be transmitted via airborne particles and respiration.

It is not a risk of ‘Covid’ style

Seth Berkley (CEO of Gavi), said Monday that more research was needed to determine the cause of the epidemic. More cases are likely to follow until this happens.

If this were a minor outbreak, it would be considered normal. Berkley explained that transmission can occur from person-to-person within these environments, which is not uncommon.

“But, to have it appear right now… means that we must figure out exactly why,” he said.

The truth is that we do not know exactly what this is or how serious it is. It’s probable that there will be more of these cases.

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