US offers extra monkeypox vaccine doses for gay pride events

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. is setting apart an extra 50,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine for locations with upcoming gay pride events, well being officers mentioned Thursday.
The variety of doses despatched to every might be primarily based on components like the dimensions of the occasion, what number of well being employees might be accessible to present pictures, and the way most of the attendees are thought-about at highest danger for catching the virus.
“More pictures in arms is how we get the outbreak underneath management,” Bob Fenton, the White House monkeypox response coordinator, informed reporters Thursday. He mentioned the trouble is an try to “meet individuals the place they’re.”
At least a dozen U.S. pride events are scheduled over the following two months, together with massive gatherings in Atlanta and New Orleans in early September. U.S. officers mentioned they’ll ship as much as 2,000 further doses to North Carolina, the place the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade might be held this weekend.
“While we’re providing the vaccine at these events to these at excessive danger, this can be a two-dose vaccine sequence, and receiving the vaccine on the occasion won’t present safety on the occasion itself,” mentioned Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Monkeypox is endemic in components of Africa, the place individuals have been contaminated via bites from rodents or small animals, however it wasn’t thought-about a illness that spreads simply amongst individuals till May, when infections emerged in Europe and the U.S.
There have been greater than 39,000 circumstances reported in nations that haven’t traditionally seen monkeypox. The overwhelming majority have occurred in males who’ve intercourse with males, however well being officers stress that anybody can get monkeypox.
The U.S. has probably the most infections of any nation — greater than 13,500. About 98% of U.S. circumstances are males and about 93% have been males who reported current sexual contact with different males.
Officials say the virus has been spreading primarily via skin-on-skin contact, however they warn it may additionally transmit in different methods, together with via touching linens utilized by somebody with monkeypox.
People with monkeypox could expertise fever, physique aches, chills and fatigue. Many within the outbreak have developed extraordinarily painful zit-like bumps. No one within the U.S. has died, however deaths have been reported in different nations.
The U.S. has a restricted provide of what’s thought-about the primary weapon towards the virus — a vaccine referred to as Jynneos. The doses are at the moment being given to individuals quickly after they assume they have been uncovered. Scientists are nonetheless attempting to ascertain how nicely the pictures are working.
The authorities final week moved to stretch the provision by giving individuals one-fifth the standard dose, injected just below the pores and skin, as a substitute of a full vial injected into deeper tissue. Officials this week introduced the discharge of 442,000 of the smaller doses for order by state, native and territorial well being departments. On Thursday, they mentioned extra is coming subsequent week — 1.8 million doses, or 360,000 vials.
Many well being employees could have little expertise giving pictures utilizing the just-under-the-skin methodology, which requires completely different needles and syringes. Some well being departments and well being facilities, together with in Atlanta and Los Angeles, have begun giving monkeypox pictures in that method, U.S. officers mentioned. But some native officers have mentioned they might want every week or extra to make the change.
Also on Thursday, well being officers mentioned subsequent week they’ll enhance the provision of TPOXX, a drug for treating monkeypox infections, by 50,000 remedy programs.
The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives help from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely accountable for all content material.

Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press

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