“Spanish poxvirologists have been recommending the purchase of 3rd generation vaccines for an emergency of this type for years”

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Spain, according to the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (Renave), registered 2,835 confirmed cases of monkey pox or monkeypox on July 15, becoming the country most affected by this virus both in the European Union and in the rest of the world.

20/07/2022

Updated at 03:41 a.m.

Antonio Alcami, a researcher at the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center, directs one of the three laboratories in Spain that has been working with smallpox viruses for years.

—Spain is the country with the most cases of monkeypox. Can it be said that we are not controlling this new pandemic?

Clearly we are not controlling it because cases are detected continuously. This suggests that there is a transmission that we are not seeing. It is what is maintaining a certain level of cases. The most obvious cases are detected. It is a problem, not on the scale of Covid, but it is going to make it very difficult for us to eradicate it.

“Is this a different situation from other outbreaks?”

Cases of zoonoses, that is, …

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