The announcement came as the United States surpassed 300 infections nationwide
FILE PHOTO: The monkeypox virus is seen in colored electron-microscope capture. © AFP / Robert Koch Institute / Andrea Maennel / Andrea Schnartendorff
The White House is set to hand out nearly 2 million monkeypox vaccines in the coming months, beginning with an initial phase of around 300,000 doses as part of a new national strategy against the potentially dangerous virus.
The Joe Biden administration announced the strategy on Tuesday, noting that 56,000 vaccine doses would be allocated “immediately,” followed by 240,000 additional shots “over the coming weeks.” Another 1.6 million doses will be made available later this year.
“The vaccine strategy will help immediately address the spread of the virus by providing vaccines across the country to individuals at high risk,” the White House said, adding that the first leg of the plan “aims to rapidly deploy vaccines in the most affected communities and mitigate the spread of the disease.”
The administration went on to say that 32 states and jurisdictions had requested vaccines so far, and that more than 9,000 doses and 300 antiviral treatments had been deployed. As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it had confirmed a total of 305 monkeypox cases in the US, while more than 4,400 have been detected abroad.