European Countries Step Up Efforts To Tackle Monkeypox
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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Media reports have emphasized the public’s frustration with gaining access to Tpoxx, an antiviral that may help treat monkeypox. But top officials at FDA, CDC and NIH defend the need to study the drug more first, even as they note they are making expanded access easier.
EU member state authorities have been told they can use Jynneos, the US version of Bavarian Nordic’s smallpox vaccine, for the prevention of monkeypox. The bloc is also buying some 110,000 doses of the vaccine, with deliveries expected to begin shortly.
With limited supplies of vaccines available, manufacturers are being asked to provide the World Health Organization with their smallpox and monkeypox vaccine research plans, existing stocks of vaccine, and current production capacity.