IHR Multi-Country Monkeypox Outbreak Emergency Committee

The WHO Director-General is convening an emergency committee under Article 48 of the International Health Regulations in relation to the current outbreak of monkeypox virus. The meeting will take place on June 23, 2022 and is open only to members and advisers of the Emergency Committee.

The objectives of this meeting are to provide views to the WHO Director-General on whether the event constitutes a public health emergency of international concern and also on proposals for potential temporary recommendations.

List of participants


Dr Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele – Public Health Consultant, national of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Former Director of the Department of Vaccines and Immunization, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland (Retired)


Dr. Nicola Low – Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland

Other member

Dr Daniel Bausch – Senior Director, Emerging Threats and Global Health Security, FIND, The Global Alliance for Diagnostics, Switzerland

Dr Clarissa Damaso – Associate Professor, Head, Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Viruses, Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr Inger Damon (Rapporteur) – Director, Division of High Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States of America

Dr Jake Dunning – Senior Researcher, Center for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Ousmane Faye – Head, Virology Unit, Pastoral Institute of Dakar, Senegal

Dr. Rinat Maksyutov – Director General, Federal Budget Research Institute – State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR, Federal Service for Supervision of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Welfare, Russian Federation

Dr Othoman Mellouk – Head, Access to Diagnostics and Medicines, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, Morocco

Dr Dimie Ogoina – Chief, Infectious Diseases Unit, Okolobiri General Hospital, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa, Nigeria

Dr Nittaya Phanuphak – Executive Director, Institute for HIV Research and Innovation, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr Anne Rimoin – Professor of Epidemiology and Gordon Levin Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases and Public Health, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America

Dr. Tomoya Saito – Director, Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan

Dr Kathrin Summermatter – Head of the Biosafety Center and General Manager of BSL3, Institute of Infectious Diseases, University of Bern, Switzerland

Dr Daniel Tarantola – Assistant Research Professor, Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, United States of America and Former Director of the Department of Vaccines and Immunization, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland (Retired)

Dr Zunyou Wu Chief Epidemiologist, China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Director, Division of HIV Prevention, NCAIDS/China CDC, China and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Dr Steve Ahuka – Head, Department of Virology, National Institute for Biomedical Research, Democratic Republic of Congo

Dr Demetre Daskalakis – Director – Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, United States of America

Dr Cleiton Euzebio De Lima – Senior Advisor for Communities and Key Populations, UNAIDS Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr Gregg Gonsalves – Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Yale Institute for Global, Health, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, United States of America

Dr David Heymann – Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; Head, Center on Global Health Security, Chatham House, London, UK; and Former Assistant Director-General for Health Security, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland (retired)

Dr Wanda Markotter – Director, Viral Zoonoses Centre, Department of Medical Virology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dr Gianfranco Spiteri – Group Leader, Epidemic Intelligence Group, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Sweden

Dr Theresa Tam – Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada

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