On July 23, 2022, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, declared the current monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), overriding the WHO Emergency Committee, which decided 6-9 against recommending a PHEIC.1 That decision was justified, with cases in more than 70 countries, most of which are nonendemic, many with no clear epidemiological links and milder nonspecific clinical presentation. The window for controlling monkeypox is closing and a well-funded global plan for containment is needed.
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Corresponding Author: Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 500 First St NW, Office 810, Washington, DC 20001 (email@example.com).
Published Online: July 27, 2022. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.12513
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Borio reported being a venture partner at Arch Venture Partners, receiving fees from Resilience Corp, and serving on the board for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, Eagle Pharmaceuticals, and Insulet Corp. No other disclosures were reported.
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