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EU Commission approves monkeypox vaccine

The EU Commission has approved the vaccine Imvanex against monkeypox. A spokesman for the EU Commission confirmed that the authority had followed a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). She approved the preparation of the company Bavarian Nordic for adults to protect against the infectious disease.

Vaccination recommended in Germany for risk groups

The vaccine is now approved in the 27 member states of the EU and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In Germany and some other EU countries, however, there were already national exemptions for use against monkeypox.

The Standing Vaccination Commission recommends vaccination against monkeypox in Germany for certain risk groups and people who have had close contact with infected people. She sees an increased risk of infection in men who have same-sex sexual contact with changing partners.

EU has ordered more than 160,000 doses of vaccine

So far, the vaccine has only been approved at EU level to protect adults against smallpox. On Friday, the European Medicines Agency in The Hague spoke out in favor of extending the approval to include monkeypox.

The EU has already signed two contracts for a total of 163,620 doses of the vaccine as the number of infections has increased in recent weeks. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides expressed concern about the rapid spread in the EU.

"Emergency of National Concern"

The WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak an "emergency of international concern" over the weekend. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus named the number of more than 16,000 confirmed cases in more than 70 countries. According to the RKI, 2,352 cases of monkeypox have been registered in Germany to date.

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