• May 28, 2023

Monkeypox: 901 cases in the European Union, no deaths. “Purchased 110,000 vaccines”

Nine hundred and one cases, until yesterday, no deaths and 110 thousand doses of vaccine ready, arriving by the end of June. The European Union provides the numbers on monkeypox, monkeypox, the virus that in recent months has begun to spread even in areas of the world where the disease is not endemic.

The director of the ECDC (European center for disease prevention and control), Andrea Ammon, explained from Luxembourg where she was connected with the ENVI commission of the European Parliament meeting in Brussels that the confirmed cases of monkeypox registered up to yesterday in the EU and in the European economic area are 901. The countries that have the highest number of cases in the EU, continued Ammon, are “Spain, Portugal and Germany” and, outside the EU, the United Kingdom. The cases so far have been concentrated in “young males who identify themselves as men having intercourse with other men”, even though, she remembers, “the transmission of the virus is not linked to sexual orientation”.

So far, despite some more severe forms of the disease that have resulted in hospitalization for some patients, “there have been no deaths,” Ammon concluded.

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Meanwhile, the European Commission and in particular the EU Commissioners for Health, Stella Kyriakideswill sign today an agreement for the purchase of 110,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine “to be supplied to member states with the first delivery starting from the end of June”, Cypriot policy announced upon his arrival at the EU Health Council in Luxembourg where the health ministers of the 27 member countries are meeting to take stock of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ukrainian situation and the threats to the health of European citizens.

“We currently have 900 cases of monkeypox within the EU and about 1400 cases worldwide – added Stella Kyriakides – This is the first time we have used EU funds to buy vaccines that we can then distribute to Member States. And this shows how what we can do when we work together and the power to have structures in place that can respond immediately to the crisis like the one we have now. “

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