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UK faces danger of running out of monkeypox vaccine by this month – FT

UK The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the country only has 8,300 doses of monkeypox vaccine left and will run out in about two to three weeks.

Shipping of 100,000 new orders will not resume until late September, the report added, citing an internal National Health Service letter.

“The NHS has rapidly ramped up its capacity to provide monkeypox vaccine to eligible persons in line with UKHSA guidance. Supplies are currently very limited but the NHS will receive more in the coming weeks. We look forward to that,” an NHS spokesperson told Reuters, emailing a statement.

Dr Mary Ramsey, UKHSA’s Director of Clinical Programs, said: “The recent sudden monkeypox pandemic has caused a significant surge in demand for these limited stocks around the world.

L.last week, UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said there were “early signs” that monkeypox outbreaks were leveling off across the country and that its spread was slowing.

In June, as the outbreak of the viral disease accelerated mainly in Europe, British authorities recommended offering vaccines to gay and bisexual men at increased risk of monkeypox exposure.

As of 4 August, there are 2,768 confirmed cases, including 2,639 in England, 67 in Scotland, 25 in Northern Ireland and 37 in Wales.

Last month, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern.” The United States also declared a public health emergency last week.

https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/08/09/uk-faces-danger-of-running-out-of-monkeypox-vaccine-by-this-month-ft/ UK faces danger of running out of monkeypox vaccine by this month – FT

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