The government of the Republic of Korea recently announced it would donate the first batch of the Mpox vaccine to Africa through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
The World Health Organization declared the global Mpox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in July 2022.
Africa has yet to receive vaccines to stem the spread of Mpox, which remains a serious public health threat.
The donation was announced during a bilateral meeting between the Acting Director General of Africa CDC, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma, and the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) Commissioner PECK Kyong Ran on November 29, 2022.
During the announcement, Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma noted in a press release, "I welcome the collaboration between the Republic of Korea and Africa CDC, which has resulted in this donation."
"We appreciate this gesture and assure you that these Mpox vaccines will be prioritized in the most affected African Union Member States."
The donation by KDCA is a culmination of the collaboration and cooperative agreement signed in April 2022 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Africa CDC and KDCA.
The U.S. CDC reported on December 1, 2022, that 81,878 Mpox cases and 61 related fatalities were confirmed since May 2022.
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