EU concerned over increasing number of monkeypox cases

BRUSSELS, The European Union’s top health official Monday warned of the rising number of monkeypox cases in Europe and said the EU has secured additional number of vaccines against monkeypox outbreak.

“I am concerned by the increasing number of monkeypox cases in the EU. We now have over 7,000 cases in the EU, an almost 50 percent increase since a week ago,” said EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, in a statement.

“We have reacted swiftly and ensured a rapid response through the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) and have already delivered around 25,000 doses to six Member States,” she said.

HERA has secured an additional 54,530 doses of the company Bavarian Nordic’s 3rd generation vaccine, now bringing the total number of doses purchased for EU Member States to respond to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak to 163,620, she noted.

Deliveries of the EU-funded monkeypox vaccines will continue to be taking place over the coming weeks and months and throughout the remainder of the year to EU Member States, added Kyriakides.

Source: Kuwait News Agency