Tuesday, June 25, 2024

WHO plans to rename monkeypox as MPOX to destigmatise virus

In an attempt to fight taboos related to monkeypox, the World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to rename the virus, designating it as MPOX, Politico reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

The decision, which could be announced as early as Wednesday, comes in response to growing pressure from senior Biden officials, who privately urged WHO leaders to change the name, Politico added. This comes days after WHO said Monkeypox continues to be a global health emergency.

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