The U.S. government has ordered an additional 2.5 million doses of Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine for use against monkeypox and expects more later this month to fight an outbreak of the viral disease.
France’s HAS health authority on Friday recommended widening the vaccination campaign against monkeypox, saying that those most exposed to the risk of contracting the virus through sexual relations should receive an inoculation.
The U.S. government has ordered 2.5 million more doses of Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine for use against monkeypox outbreaks, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday.
The U.S. government is ramping up efforts to staunch the spread of monkeypox by sending hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses to states in the coming months, expanding access for those most at risk and increasing supply to areas with high case numbers.
The European Union’s drug regulator said on Tuesday it has started a review to extend the use of Bavarian Nordic’s (BAVA.CO) smallpox vaccine to prevent monkeypox disease as well.
Monkeypox is not yet a global health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) ruled on Saturday, although WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was deeply concerned about the outbreak.
Bavarian Nordic raised the company’s financial guidance for 2022 for the third time in a month on Friday after receiving a large order for its monkeypox vaccine by the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).
There have been more than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported to the World Health Organization in the current outbreak outside the countries in Africa where it more commonly spreads.
Diagnostic companies are racing to develop tests for monkeypox, hoping to tap into a new market as governments ramp up efforts to trace the world’s first major outbreak of the viral infection outside of Africa.
The European Union is working on a common purchasing agreement for vaccines and antivirals against monkeypox, as cases of the viral disease usually endemic to Africa gather steam in Europe and beyond.