Denmark will acquire 200 monkeypox jabs from the Netherlands this week and is planning to purchase thousands more while considering vaccinating close contacts of monkeypox patients, according to the nation’s health minister on Wednesday.
“In collaboration with the Dutch government, we will obtain 200 vaccines against monkeypox on Friday.” Magnus Heunicke, Minister of Health, informed public broadcaster DR.
“We are also collaborating on acquiring 2,000-3,000 shots for our emergency preparedness.” Heunicke continued.
The vaccines will most probably be manufactured by the Danish biotech company Bavarian Nordic. Their smallpox shots have been endorsed for use against monkeypox in the U. S.
Bavarian elevated its sales forecast on Wednesday after signing its second contract in a week with an unnamed nation for the delivery of its shots.
The Danish Health Authority stated that it is looking into the possibility of immunizing individuals who have had close contact with someone suffering from the disease.
According to the World Health Organization, there are over 200 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox in North America and Europe, a disease that is typically found in Central and West Africa.
During the epidemic, Denmark has recorded two incidents of monkeypox infection, both of which were linked to a trip to Spain. The index case came to Gran Canaria.