Biden administration to allow new injection method for monkeypox vaccine
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[August 09, 2022]
(Reuters) -The Biden administration has
decided to stretch out its limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by
allowing a different method of injection that uses one-fifth as much per
shot, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing senior officials
familiar with the planning.
The United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency last
week, in an effort to bolster the U.S. response to contain the outbreak.
For U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the intradermal
injection, which requires injecting one-fifth of the current dose into
the skin instead of a full dose into underlying fat, the Department of
Health and Human Services (HHS) will need to issue a new emergency
declaration, the report said, allowing regulators to invoke the FDA's
emergency use powers.
The announcement is expected as early as Tuesday afternoon, according to
the newspaper. (https://nyti.ms/3P7QSFZ)
White House, HHS and FDA did not immediately respond to Reuters'
requests for comment.
Earlier this month, Biden appointed two federal officials to coordinate
his administration's response to monkeypox, following declarations of
emergencies by California, Illinois and New York.
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A staff member of the Westchester Medical Center prepares a
monkeypox vaccine in a drive-through monkeypox vaccination point at
the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, U.S., July 28,
2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
Of late more than 80 countries where
monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral
disease, which the World Health Organization has declared a global
health emergency, as confirmed cases crossed 27,800 and non-endemic
countries reported their first deaths.
First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms
including fever, aches and pus-filled skin lesions, and people tend
to recover from it within two to four weeks, the WHO says. It
spreads through close physical contact and is rarely fatal.
(Reporting by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher
Cushing & Simon Cameron-Moore)
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