Spain joins the open application for monkeypox science

Scientific representatives from 20 countries, including Spain, as well as the European Commission, signed an international call to request open access to scientific data and publications on the monkeypox virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared the monkeypox epidemic to be a public health emergency of international concern.

Therefore, the Ministry of Science and Innovation indicates on its website, that coordinating the international response to this virus is necessary to stop its spread and protect the populations at greatest risk.

“As we have seen with COVID-19 and with the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks, the coordinated response of the international scientific community must be based on the rapid sharing of research data.”

The ministry added that although the monkeypox virus has been extensively studied and there are measures to prevent and treat the disease it causes, much remains to be learned in order to anticipate the epidemic and its development.

The signatories invite scientific organizations, authors, contributors and publishers to share their publications about this virus in open repositories, providing access to full text and metadata, with permissions for reuse and secondary analysis.

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