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Over 100,000 monkeypox vaccines procured, according to government

Published on 04/08/22 at 12:01pm

Over 100,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been acquired in order to combat the spread of the virus, the government has said.

In July, the NHS accelerated its monkeypox vaccination programme in England, as infections rose. Vaccines minister Maggie Throup said that the majority of vaccines were being made available in London, and about 75% of confirmed cases in the capital. People are urged to wait until they are invited to receive their jabs.

Ms Throup has told BBC London: "We have procured over 100,000 doses and that is the most of any other EU country. So we are definitely ahead of the game on that."

"We are still at a bit of an unknown with this and we have reached out to the sexual health clinics asking them what numbers they have in their clinics of those needing to be jabbed.

"We have got to get the first doses in people's arms - that is our priority. We need to make sure we have the right cohorts of people coming forward."

Over 16,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported in 75 countries, according to WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus.

The European Commission’s Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) said that 109,090 vaccine doses have been procured since the outbreak of monkeypox.

Spain has received 5,300 doses, while Portugal, Germany, and Belgium are next in line to receive vaccinations, according to HERA.

Lina Adams

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