“With the current demand we can easily supply the global market. We have a couple of million doses in bulk that we can put into vials and make sure that the current outbreak is handled,” he told AFP in an interview.
Bavarian Nordic has an annual production capacity of 30 million vaccine doses.
The Danish company’s smallpox vaccine, marketed as Imvanex in Europe, Jynneos in the US and Imvamune in Canada, is a third-generation serum (a live vaccine that does not replicate in the human body).
It has been licensed in Europe since 2013.
It was designed against smallpox in adults, a disease considered eradicated some 40 years ago, and requires two doses for inoculation.
World clamouring for vaccine
According to Sorensen, the vaccine is in stock “in many countries” and can also be used against monkeypox, both before and after exposure to the virus.
“If you are vaccinated a few days after you are exposed, you can also be protected”, he explained.