Outlet says ‘only around 5,000 doses left’ due to ‘supply issues’
The UK will suffer from a shortage of monkeypox vaccines for the foreseeable future, with only “there were approximately 5,000 injection doses left,Sky News reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.
The article claimed that the reserves for inoculation were “already closed accordinglyin some parts of the country. The report attributes the shortages to “supply issues.”
According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), there were 2,914 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country as of Monday.
As the report explains, various smallpox vaccines that are also said to be effective against the new virus are currently in short supply around the world due to rising demand. Furthermore, since monkeypox was until recently largely confined to certain parts of Africa, the supply of vaccines needed to prevent the disease was mainly concentrated in this particular region. Growing demand elsewhere cannot be met instantly, Sky News pointed out, as shots take a while to produce.
Of the 150,000 doses of smallpox vaccine purchased by the UK from aglobal manufacturer,“Only around a third have actually arrived in the country so far, UKHSA director of clinical programs Dr Mary Ramsay told the outlet. The rest are expected to reach UK shores next month.
The medical official, however, adopted an optimistic tone, saying that the vaccination campaign is “keep going,” with at-risk groups still taking the hits despite stocks starting to dry up. She added that the vaccines already administered should slow the transmission of the virus.
Meanwhile, new cases are being reported daily in the UK, the report notes.
The outbreak outside the monkeypox endemic area, which started in May this year, has already been called “global health emergencyby the World Health Organization.
Transmission occurs through close physical contact, including sex, with someone who already has the virus. The disease would particularly affect homosexual and bisexual men.
Although relatively mild in terms of mortality rate, monkeypox manifests as a characteristic rash, with lesions tending to appear first on the genitals, then in and around the anus, as well as in the mouth. Other symptoms include fever, headache, and muscle aches.
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