Vaccination: EU buys 110,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine – Wikipedia

The Standing Committee on Immunization recommends vaccination against monkeypox for certain risk groups and people who have been in close contact with infected persons. Photo: Friso Gentsch / dpa

The 900 cases of monkeypox in the European Union mean that 110,000 doses of the vaccine are now being purchased. In Germany, the number of recorded monkeypox cases has risen to more than 200.

Luxembourg – The European Union plans to purchase about 110,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine.

On Tuesday, on the sidelines of the EU ministerial meeting in Luxembourg, EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said she would sign the agreement later today. The first packages should be delivered to EU countries as early as the end of June. There are currently 900 cases of monkeypox in the European Union and about 1,400 worldwide, Kyriakides said.

In Germany, the Standing Committee on Immunization has recommended the monkeypox vaccination for some high-risk groups and people who had close contact with infected people last week. Stiko sees an increased risk of infection in men who have same-sex sexual contact with variable partners. Although everyone can be infected through close physical contact, cases in Germany “have so far only occurred among men in the MSM community,” writes Stiko. Therefore this group should be given special protection. MSM stands for “Men who have sex with men”.

Staff of private laboratories may also be eligible for prophylactic vaccination. The draft resolution for the recommendation must now go through a so-called comment procedure and is not yet a final formal recommendation.

Approximately 230 cases of monkeypox in Germany

The number of monkeypox records recorded by Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has risen to more than 200. The RKI gave the number of patients on its website on Tuesday exactly 229, up from about 190 the day before. Moreover, no cases of infection in women and children have been detected, a spokeswoman for the Royal Institute of Korea said upon request. According to the institute, eleven federal states have reported those infected with the viral disease. There are especially many in Berlin, where 142 cases were registered as of Monday. The risk assessment for RKI continues: “According to current knowledge, the RKI assesses the risk to the health of the general population in Germany as low.”

There are still isolated cases of transmission, said Timo Ulrichs, a global health expert at Akkon University for the Humanities in Berlin, “but the outbreak is not creating dramatically increased numbers of cases.” Sexually transmitted infections spread more slowly than infections transmitted through the air. Since May, monkeypox has been detected in hundreds of people in many countries outside Africa.

“Monkeypox was expected to travel from Africa to the world at all, but it was surprising in such dynamic,” Ulrich says. The cases now documented in Germany can be severely limited by various measures. This includes comprehensive, quality education about transmission methods and protection options – this is mainly in line with the rules for safer sex – as well as targeted vaccinations.

As Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) recently announced, the vaccine should be available from June 15. The Standing Committee on Immunization (Stiko) announced last week that the Imvanex smallpox vaccine would be recommended for certain groups. These include adults who have been in contact with infected people and men who have had same-sex sexual contact with altered partners. Due to the limited availability of the vaccine initially, it was argued that the vaccine should be offered preferentially to people who have been exposed to the virus.

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