2022 RT Banner.gif

China Daily

Asia Pacific> Asia News> Content
Published: 14:06, July 25, 2022 | Updated: 15:15, July 25, 2022
S'pore: Mass vaccination against monkeypox not recommended
By Xinhua
Published:14:06, July 25, 2022 Updated:15:15, July 25, 2022 By Xinhua

People wait for air travellers to arrive at Changi International Airport in Singapore on July 17, 2022. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

SINGAPORE - Singapore's Ministry of Health does not recommend mass vaccination of the whole population against monkeypox as of now, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in a Facebook post on Monday.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, but WHO's risk assessment for monkeypox remains at moderate

Ong said that the World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, but WHO's risk assessment for monkeypox remains at moderate.

ALSO READ: WHO declares monkeypox global public health emergency

"As of now, given the self-limiting nature of the disease, MOH does not recommend the mass vaccination of the whole population against monkeypox, because the benefits do not outweigh the risk," the minister said, adding that the government will continue to monitor the situation closely.

MOH confirmed two more cases of monkeypox infection in Singapore on Sunday. The first is an imported case involving a 46-year-old male Estonia national who entered Singapore from London on July 21. He tested positive for monkeypox on July 24.

The second is a local case involving a 26-year-old male Singapore citizen. He tested positive for monkeypox on July 24.

ALSO READ: WHO: Over 6k monkeypox cases reported, emergency meeting set

Both cases are in stable condition. They are not linked to any of the monkeypox cases earlier announced by MOH.

According to Ong, four imported and four local cases of monkeypox have been detected in Singapore. The cases were promptly isolated. There was no evidence of them transmitting the infection to other people in the community. 


Share this story

CHINA DAILY
HONG KONG NEWS
OPEN
Please click in the upper right corner to open it in your browser !