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Virologist Chumakov says conventional smallpox vaccine is effective against monkeypox as well

The conventional smallpox vaccine is effective against any variant, including monkeypox, which has been declared a pandemic. A virologist, corresponding member, spoke about this in a conversation with Lenta.ru RAS Petr Chumakov.

At the same time, he clarified that the current vaccine may be dangerous due to adverse reactions of the body, but suggested that if an urgent task is set, the development of a safe drug will not take much time.

“Another thing is that the vaccine that is now available, although it is effective, belongs to the oldest generation of vaccines and is unsafe, because in itself it gives a rather large percentage of complications. Previously, they did not pay much attention to this, somewhere after the 1960s, but there was one percent of some complications. Now, according to modern standards, this one percent is very dangerous, and therefore a newer generation of vaccines is being developed, ”the specialist said.

Formerly director of the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Gunzburg declaredthat in Russia it is necessary to create a vaccine against monkeypox. He added that today it is not known why the virus, which existed only on the African continent, began to spread around the world. Gintsburg also urged to find out how effective the vaccination was before 1980, stressing that it is necessary to develop a drug without side effects.

June 22 World Health Network (WHA) announced monkeypox pandemic and stressed that immediate action is needed to reduce negative impacts wherever the virus is transmitted. The WHA added that monkeypox has so far been identified in 58 countries, with a total of over 3,417 infections.

How declared head of the Ministry of Health Mikhail Murashko, in Russia there is no need to carry out mass vaccination against monkeypox yet. There are currently no cases of infection in the country.

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