White House to distribute monkeypox vaccines

The White House is set to hand out nearly 2 million monkeypox vaccines, aiming to contain the rare virus and protect those most at risk

White House to distribute monkeypox vaccines
29 Jun, 2022 03:29 HomeWorld News

White House to distribute monkeypox vaccines

The announcement came as the United States surpassed 300 infections nationwide

The White House is set to hand out nearly 2 million monkeypox vaccines in the coming months, beginning with an initial phase of around 300,000 doses as part of a new national strategy against the potentially dangerous virus.

announced the strategy on Tuesday, noting that 56,000 vaccine doses would be allocated “immediately,” followed by 240,000 additional shots “over the coming weeks.” Another 1.6 million doses will be made available later this year.

“The vaccine strategy will help immediately address the spread of the virus by providing vaccines across the country to individuals at high risk,” the White House said, adding that the first leg of the plan “aims to rapidly deploy vaccines in the most affected communities and mitigate the spread of the disease.”

In addition to doling out hundreds of thousands of vaccines, the White House said it would “dramatically expand” testing for monkeypox across the country, after the CDC began shipping approved test kits to several major commercial laboratories. To further improve availability, the CDC has published its protocol for the tests, which can be used by third-party labs without FDA authorization. 

“carries greater risk of certain serious side effects” for those with existing heart and immune conditions

hospitalized from the virus last summer after traveling to West Africa, where the pathogen is endemic. In 2003, more than 70 cases were confirmed in the US, marking the first outbreak seen outside of Africa, according to the World Health Organization.