Monkeypox outbreak in US now world’s biggest after COVID-like mistakes

Monkeypox outbreak in US now world’s biggest after COVID-like mistakes

No one knows full extent of outbreak after delays with testing, data gathering and vaccine rollout allowed monkeypox to spread in US

The story of monkeypox feels to experts frustratingly like a replay of the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Testing took too long to get launched. Data hasn’t revealed the full extent of the outbreak. The spread wasn’t stopped quickly enough.

Monkeypox was supposed to be different, because it is much harder to transmit, treatments and vaccines were already available, much was known about a virus first described in 1958 and so many lessons were supposedly learned from COVID-19.

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