The US health department said that they were dispatching 56,000 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine, originally developed against smallpox. The vaccines are transported to areas highly infected by the Monkeypox virus.
The government is procuring an additional 2,40,000 doses in the upcoming week and it is said at the end of the year government will have 1.6 million doses for the virus.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tested 78 sites in 48 states with the additional capacity to conduct 10,000 tests nationwide.
“Now, we are recommending that vaccines be provided to both people with known mpox exposures who are contacted by public health, and also to those people who’ve been recently exposed to monkeypox that may not be identified through case investigations and contact tracing,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a briefing.