Austria has received the first delivery of vaccines against monkeypox from the European quota. More doses will be delivered next week.
EU purchased more monkeypox vaccines.
The 2,340 doses of monkeypox vaccine should arrive around noon Tuesday, the Health Ministry and the EU Commission told APA.
More monkeypox vaccine doses are to be delivered next week
Another delivery is expected next week, the statement added. Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) thanked the EU Commission for quickly providing the serum free of charge.
“With the help of this first delivery, we can protect those people who are at high risk, based on the vaccination recommendation of the National Vaccination Panel: People who have had direct contact with an infected person and specialized laboratory personnel,” Rauch further explained. In Austria, the Ministry of Health reported 83 confirmed cases so far.
Nearly 8,000 cases of monkeypox in Europe
EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told APA that “with almost 8,000 cases in the EU since the beginning of May, monkeypox is a serious public health problem.” So far, 160,000 doses have been purchased at the European level and shipped to the most affected countries, such as Germany and Italy.
Experts say the disease is mild in most people and usually heals independently. Severe courses are possible, however, especially in children or people with weakened immune systems.
sources: APA/venna.at/picture: pixabay.com
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