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EU provides Spain with the first batch of monkeypox vaccine

First batch of 5,300 vaccinations The monkeypox purchased by the European Commission’s Department of Health Emergency Preparation and Response (HERA) was delivered to Spain on Tuesday, a Commission spokesman said.

“As of today, the first delivery of vaccines for monkeypox outbreaks has arrived in the most affected countries.” Stella Kiriya KidesThe European Commission’s Health and Food Safety said.

In mid-June, the Commission purchased 1,09,090 doses of Imvanex, a smallpox vaccine manufactured by Danish manufacturer Bavarian Nordic, for delivery to European Union (EU) member states and Norway and Iceland by the end of this month. Proposed to start.

Vaccine doses are proportionally distributed, reporting that each country gives priority to the most cases. After Spain, Portugal, Germany and Belgium will be vaccinated.

Also on Tuesday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) began a rolling review of the use of Imvanex for monkeypox. According to laboratory studies, the vaccine “induces the production of antibodies that target the monkeypox virus,” according to laboratory studies.

Imvanex is currently EU approved for the prevention of smallpox in adults. Since smallpox virus and monkeypox virus are closely related, smallpox vaccine can be used to control the spread of monkeypox.

Imvanex is not widely available in the EU, so the EMA recommends the use of a US-made version called Jynneos approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for both smallpox and monkeypox.

Symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, and malaise, and the disease can be fatal. It is a zoonotic disease, and there are not only animal-to-human transmissions, but also human-to-human transmissions.

“Since May 18, approximately 2,682 monkeys in 23 EU member countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg) Pox has been reported. In addition to Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), Norway and Iceland. “

The current outbreak of monkeypox is the first recorded outside of Africa.

Source: ANI / Xinhua

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