Spanish Healthcare System Supports The MonkeyPox Vaccine

Along with the approval of the fourth dose (or second booster dose) against covid-19 , this Thursday the Public Health Commission has approved the monkeypox vaccine. For the moment, and given the “limited availability of doses”, its inoculation will be prioritized in people exposed to the disease among groups of people with a high risk of disease or exposure.

In the same way, the commission has specified that, for the moment, vaccination is not recommended for people not exposed to the virus , “although it could be recommended later depending on the evolution of the outbreak and the availability of vaccines.” Thus, the protocol contemplates that close contacts who have had a risk contact in the previous four days be vaccinated.

For her part, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has announced the “imminent” reception of some 200 doses of the Imvanex vaccine , from the Danish pharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic. However, and according to sources from the Ministry of Health, the distribution of them among the Autonomous Communities has not yet been decided.

Cases in Spain and Europe
According to data from the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (RENAVE), distributed by the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), a total of 259 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in Spain .

The reported cases come from eleven Autonomous Communities (Madrid 194, Canary Islands 19, Catalonia 16, Andalusia 12, Basque Country 6, Valencian Community 3, Galicia 3, Aragon 3, Balearic Islands 1, Navarra 1, Castilla la Mancha 1). A total of 254 were men , 3 were women and in 2 of them this information is not recorded; age ranges from 22 to 60 years, with a median age of 36 years.

Meanwhile, in Europe , 818 confirmed cases have been reported. 302 in the United Kingdom, 191 in Portugal, 113 in Germany, 54 in the Netherlands, 29 in Italy, 66 in France, 17 in Belgium, 6 in the Czech Republic, 10 in Switzerland, 6 in Slovenia, 5 in Sweden, 3 in Denmark , 3 in Finland, 1 in Austria, 2 in Norway, 2 in Latvia, 6 in Ireland, 1 in Hungary and 1 in Malta. Most are young men with a history of relationships in a risky sexual context.

In the rest of the world , a total of 141 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported: 81 in Canada, 35 in the USA, 13 in the United Arab Emirates, 2 in Israel, 6 in Australia, 2 in Argentina, 1 in Morocco and 1 in Mexico.

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