The United States struggles to meet the demand for vaccines

United States, which anticipates an increase in cases of monkey pox in the coming weeks, they currently do not have enough vaccine doses to meet demand, a senior public health official acknowledged on Friday, July 15.

An “extremely limited” offer

«I want to acknowledge that right now the demand for vaccines from the territories is greater than our available supply, and we know that’s frustrating.said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the country’s main federal public health agency. “We still don’t have all the vaccines we’d like to have“, he added during a press conference, saying to wait “to an increase in cases in the coming weeks».

Concern is growing in particular in New York, the epicenter of the US epidemic, with almost 390 cases detected as of July 14. The United States has a total of 1,470 cases. This week, New York’s health services had to apologize after numerous glitches on the vaccine booking website, which crashed when a thousand appointments were available. “The supply of vaccines is extremely limited … throughout the country, and especially here in New York“, lamented Thursday the director of the department of Health of the city, Ashwin Vasan.

Prioritize affected regions

At the beginning of the epidemic in the United States, at the beginning of May, the authorities only had 2,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine (Imvanex in Europe), the only one approved specifically against monkeypox. Since then, 156,000 doses have been distributed in the country. Just over 130,000 have just been added to the national strategic reserve, and should begin to be delivered from Monday.

They will no longer be assigned to the different American states in an equitable manner, but rather giving priority to the most affected regions. “I hope there is much more supply for New York City“In this new salvo, this is how I wanted to reassure Rochelle Walensky.

This vaccine, in two doses, is currently recommended for those who have been or may have been in contact with infected people. The disease currently circulates mainly among the homosexual population, with the vast majority of cases being men who have sex with men. It is characterized by rashes – which can appear on the genitals or in the mouth – and may be accompanied by fever, sore throat or sore lymph nodes. It usually heals on its own, but can be very painful.


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