Monkeypox vaccine marketing campaign rolls out in Italy

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Italy opened its vaccination marketing campaign in opposition to monkeypox on Monday as case numbers have elevated at a time when well being authorities are reporting vaccine shortages worldwide.

Italy has reported 545 circumstances of monkeypox, in keeping with the well being ministry. Its vaccination marketing campaign has began greater than a month after different international locations which have seen larger numbers of circumstances, together with the USA, Britain and Spain.

The primary doses will probably be given on the Spallanzani hospital in Rome, the hospital mentioned in a press release.

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Vaccines and coverings have been in brief provide and the illness usually left for traditionally underfunded sexual well being clinics to handle.

An Italian resident is vaccinated with the Jynneos vaccine at Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, Italy, on Aug. 8, 2022, as Italy begins its vaccination campaign against monkeypox.

An Italian resident is vaccinated with the Jynneos vaccine at Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, Italy, on Aug. 8, 2022, as Italy begins its vaccination marketing campaign in opposition to monkeypox.
(Spallanzani Hospital/Handout through Reuters)

Spallanzani mentioned it already has 200 individuals who will probably be vaccinated from Monday onwards, in addition to 600 requests for bookings.

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The vaccine used will probably be Jynneos (MVA-BN), a smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic and accredited by the European Medicines Company for cover in opposition to monkeypox, the hospital mentioned.

On Thursday, vaccinations may even start in Italy’s monetary capital, Milan.

The virus continues to be largely transmitted amongst homosexual and bisexual males within the present outbreak spreading exterior endemic international locations, which started in Could. Monkeypox is unfold mainly by shut contact, causes pus-filled sores and flu-like signs, and isn’t deadly. There have now been 26,500 circumstances worldwide exterior the international locations the place it normally spreads, in keeping with a Reuters tracker.

In July, the World Well being Group declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” its highest alert degree.

Following the WHO’s transfer, the USA — which now has probably the most circumstances on the planet — additionally declared monkeypox a public well being emergency on Aug. 4.

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Italy’s Well being ministry mentioned homosexual, bisexual males and transgender individuals who have just lately had intercourse with a number of companions, just lately had a sexually transmitted an infection or use chemical medicine when having intercourse, can be eligible for the vaccine. Hospital employees coping with monkeypox circumstances are additionally eligible.

The primary case in Italy was recorded on Could 20, 2022. There aren’t any present plans for mass vaccinations.

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The area of Lazio surrounding Rome obtained 1,200 doses of the vaccine, whereas Lombardy obtained 2,000, Emilia-Romagna obtained 600 and Veneto surrounding Venice obtained 400.

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