By Annie Dabb •
Published: 17 Aug 2022 • 10:04
Image - monkeypox virus: Viacheslav Lopatin/shutterstock
Professor Dame Jenny Harris, lecturer in cancer care at the University of Surrey, has assured the BBC that the maximum number of vaccines available are being procured. However, the UK is slacking in comparison to the US, which currently has hundreds of thousands of vaccines against monkeypox available.
The vaccine strategy in the US was announced on June 28 2022 to roll out the JYNNEOS vaccine and ACAM2000, both of which are normally used for the prevention of smallpox but have been deemed suitable to combat monkeypox as well, as the viruses that causes both conditions share similarities.
Harris warns that due to shortages and delays in supply, there may be a period of 3-4 weeks where vaccines run out in some areas, according to the BBC. She has ensured that those at risk of the monkeypox virus who need the vaccine will be able to get it after this period of delay as long as they register for it.
Current eligibility criteria in the UK qualifies gay, bisexual or men who have sex with other men, transgender, gender non-conforming or gender non-binary people 18 years or older, or those who have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last 14 days for the vaccine.
The vaccine being rolled out in Scotland contains a modified virus to prevent the growth of monkeypox in the body. This Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) is a much safer form of the smallpox vaccine, according to nhsinform.scot
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Share this story
Subscribe to our Euro Weekly News alerts to get the latest stories into your inbox!
By signing up, you will create a Euro Weekly News account if you don't already have one. Review our
From Newcastle originally, Annie is based in Manchester and is a writer for the Euro Weekly News covering news and features.
Got a story you want to share? Then get in touch at email@example.com
Download our media pack in either English or Spanish.