The European Union has reached an agreement for the purchase of 110,000 monkeypox vaccines, the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakidou announced.
"Today I will sign an agreement for the purchase of 110,000 monkeypox vaccines so that member states will have a supply, with the first deliveries starting at the end of June", noted Ms. Kyriakidou, highlighting the importance of cooperation between the member states
The vaccines will be purchased with European funding and delivered to the Member States. The name of their producer will soon be announced.
As she said, about 900 cases of monkeypox have been detected in the EU and 1,400 worldwide so far.
In addition, she stressed the need to ensure that the necessary vaccines are available. The Health Commissioner stated that a global health strategy is needed so that common challenges can be addressed together.
Regarding the coronavirus pandemic, she pointed out that European ministers will consider in the current council meetings the campaigns "for the coming months, autumn and winter".
The European Medicines Agency said earlier this month that it was in talks with Danish biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic over the smallpox vaccine Imvanex.
Some European countries, such as Germany and Spain, have already purchased monkeypox vaccines on their own.
With information from ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, Reuters