IDSA Statement on Increase in Monkeypox Vaccine Supply
Today’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement that nearly 800,000 additional doses of the monkeypox vaccine are now available for distribution is a welcome development, but much more is urgently needed.
As monkeypox cases in the United States top more than 4,600, having the vaccine doses to serve people in need is important, but it is only part of the solution. The United States must continue to ramp up vaccine supply and must move swiftly to implement a comprehensive distribution approach to significantly increase equitable access to vaccines. Distribution should leverage existing vaccine infrastructure, including safety net and mobile clinics as well as partnerships with community-based organizations.
The monkeypox outbreak is growing exponentially by the day. IDSA and HIVMA urge the Administration to continue to improve vaccine distribution and supply and reduce barriers to testing and treatment.
Daniel P. McQuillen, MD, FIDSA – President, Infectious Diseases Society of America
About IDSA and HIVMA
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