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U.S. orders 500,000 monkeypox vaccines to be delivered this year

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The 500,000 new doses will significantly increase stocks in the US – which are now likely to contain about 70,000 doses.

The vaccine will be manufactured using US-owned bulk materials and stored at the drug’s manufacturer, the announcement said.

And more doses are on the way in the coming years. From the bulk materials owned by the US, 13 million freeze-dried doses will be made between 2023 and 2025.

The CDC has reported 45 cases of monkeypox in 16 states, but officials worry the outbreak could continue to grow as it does in other countries. Several European countries have reported more than 100 cases. The global number of cases, outside endemic countries, now exceeds 1,300.

The US order comes because the vaccine is in short supply in many countries – and because several countries are working with Bavarian Nordic to sign contracts for more vaccines.

So many governments have ordered doses that Bavarian Nordic improved its financial outlook for the year in announcing the US order. The Danish company expected a turnover of between 1.4 and 1.6 billion Danish krone and now forecasts between 1.8 and 2 billion krone.

And those numbers could continue to rise as the European Union looks to finalize a deal on the vaccine.

While health officials have noted that monkeypox does not require mass vaccination, those exposed or at high risk for exposure would need the injection, and the increasing number of cases has significantly increased demand.

The US has large stockpiles of older smallpox vaccines, but the newer vaccines being ordered are considered safer and most preferred, leading countries around the world to order it.

It has also resulted in the WHO asking countries to report their stocks and consider sharing doses with countries on an as-needed basis – something the US has not yet made a public decision on.

Other countries have reported that some doses have been stocked and ordered from Bavarian Nordic, but none have announced a number of doses nearly as large as the US – a figure that is likely to grow in the coming years.

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