The arrival of the first vaccines for monkeypox is expected around the end of August in Cyprus, the Communication Advisor of the Ministry of Health, Konstantinos Athanasiou, told CNA.
Athanasiou added that the delay is due to the company that produces the vaccines, noting that priority is currently given to the countries most in need. As he explained, after WHO declared a public health emergency for monkeypox on a global scale, the arrival of vaccines depends on the epidemiological situation of each country.
Around 1,400 doses of the vaccine were expected in Cyprus last Monday, however, due to the global alarm and the prioritization of countries with more cases, the vaccines didn’t arrive in the country.
So far no case has been identified in Cyprus, while since last June the Ministry of Health has prepared a plan to manage the disease.