CDC director: Expect more monkeypox cases in coming weeks | CIDRAP

131,000 new vaccine doses available to states

In total, the federal government has distributed 160,000 vaccine doses to states. Walensky emphasized throughout the press conference the distribution of vaccine will be equitable and given to places currently seeing the highest number of cases.

Today HHS also said an addition 131,000 doses will be made available to order from states for delivery starting next week.

Until then, Walensky said MSM should be made aware of transmission dynamics by clinicians. Close skin-to-skin contact, fact-to-face contact via kissing, and sharing contaminated objects are all likely the main ways the virus is spreading, she said.

She also noted that testing currently requires the presence of lesions on a person, because those lesions must be swabbed to look for the virus.

The United States currently has 1,470 cases from 44 jurisdictions, an increase of 417 from yesterday.

In related news, Food and Drug Administration inspectors have completed their inspection of a Bavarian Nordic plant in Denmark, which paves the way for the US to receive thousands more doses of the Jynneos vaccine.

 

Source: CDC director: Expect more monkeypox cases in coming weeks | CIDRAP