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QUOTE OF THE DAY: First They Came for the Monkeys…

World Health Organization spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris addressed concerns Tuesday about violence directed against monkeys amid a global monkeypox outbreak.

THE QUOTE

At a WHO press briefing in Geneva, Harris responded to a journalist’s question about reports that Brazilian monkeys are being targeted in interspecies hate crimes.

  • “The concern should be about where it’s transmitting in the human population and what humans can do to protect themselves from getting it and transmitting it,” Harris said. “They should certainly not be attacking any animals.”
  • Harris added that the UN health agency would have an announcement about renaming monkeypox in response to racism concerns “pretty soon.”

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