UK Prepares To Vaccinate Against Monkeypox
Bavarian Nordic Talking To Other Countries On Vaccine Supply
The UK Health Security Agency says it took a number of factors into account when deciding to use Bavarian Nordic’s smallpox vaccine Imvanex, including high European manufacturing standards, the US approval for monkeypox, and the lack of an alternative UK-licensed vaccine.
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The UK says a “proportionate” approach to tackling monkeypox is needed, and that Imvanex is now available for vaccination. France has issued a decree authorizing the use of Imvanex and the importation of its US equivalent, Jynneos, and Germany has ordered thousands of doses of the vaccine. SIGA’s antiviral tecovirimat can also be used for monkeypox in the EU.
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The monkeypox cases reported this month are evidence of chains of transmission of the virus, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, which says that vaccination of high-risk close contacts should be considered after a benefit-risk assessment.