Monkeypox: Virologist urges FG to acquire smallpox vaccines

A Professor of Virology, Sunday Omilabu, has urged the Federal Government to put efforts in place to acquire smallpox vaccines in the fight against monkeypox.

Omilabu, who spoke in an interview aired on Arise TV yesterday, said research had shown that the smallpox vaccine was effective against the monkeypox virus.

He noted that monkeypox, which is a zonotic disease, is a virus transferred from animals to humans.
He said: “Government should negotiate for smallpox vaccine as other European countries are doing to prevent more cases of the virus.

“People above 60 years are lucky because they got a shot of the smallpox vaccine sometime ago, but people who are presently below 50 years didn’t get the shot.”

He said the capacity and structure used for COVID-19 should not be discarded, noting that it had helped in case detection of the virus.

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