The United States has more than 36,000 doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine immediately available in the strategic national stockpile, according to the Health and Human Services Department.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending the vaccine to people who have had high risk exposures to the virus in an effort to stop the disease from spreading further. The U.S. has identified 25 confirmed or presumed cases of monkeypox cases across 12 states as of Friday.
The U.S. told Bavarian Nordic, a Danish biotech company, to ship an additional 36,000 doses of Jynneos in the near future, an HHS spokesperson said. Bavarian Nordic is holding more than 1 million doses owned by the U.S. and can fill 16.4 million more doses upon request by the federal government, the spokesperson said.
The global monkeypox outbreak is the largest ever outside of Africa. Nearly 800 confirmed cases of monkeypox across 27 countries have been reported to the World Health Organization. Most of the cases are in Europe, particularly in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Jynneos for adults ages 18 and older at high risk of smallpox or monkeypox in 2019. The two-dose vaccine is the only shot approved to specifically prevent monkeypox. However, the U.S. also has more than 100 million doses of the older generation smallpox vaccine ACAM2000, the spokesperson said. ACAM2000 is made by Emergent BioSolutions
The U.S. has distributed 1,200 doses of Jynneos and ACAM2000 for people who have high risk exposures to monkeypox, said Dr. Raj Panjabi, who leads the White House pandemic preparedness office, in a call with reporters on Friday.
Though ACAM2000 was approved by the FDA in 2007 to prevent smallpox, the vaccine can also be used to protect against monkeypox under a CDC program. Monkeypox is in the same virus family as smallpox, though it is much milder.
The U.S. is also distributing an oral antiviral called tecovirimat that can be used to treat people…
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