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FDA Authorizes Change in how Monkeypox Vaccine is Given Expanding the Supply Chain

In order to increase supplies in the face of strong demand, the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved an emergency use permit that enables medical professionals to modify the way the Jynneos Monkeypox vaccine is administered. The vaccination can now be administered intradermally—between the layers of skin—instead of subcutaneously—under the skin—as it has previously—to high-risk people.

This will enable healthcare professionals to dispense five doses from a typical one-dose vial. Subcutaneous immunisation is also permitted under the new EUA for those under 18 who are at high risk of infection. According to authorities, the action may raise the amount of vaccine doses in the nation’s stockpile from 441,000 to more than 2.2 million.

The EUA won’t be a cure-all, though, as the outbreak spreads and vaccination demand rises. At least 1.5 million Americans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are eligible for the two-dose vaccination. The assistant national response coordinator for the White House, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, said on Tuesday that we would likely still run out of vaccinations before we do so. As of Tuesday evening, the CDC reported 9,492 probable or confirmed cases of Monkeypox in 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf stated in a statement that “recently, the Monkeypox virus has continued to spread at a rate that has made evident our present vaccine supply will not match the current demand.” “The FDA swiftly looked at other, scientifically sound methods to make it easier for everyone who needed the vaccine to get it. More people will now have the chance to receive the Monkeypox vaccine thanks to the increase in doses that are accessible.” “We encourage jurisdictions to employ alternate dosage approach as early as feasible,” he continued during a briefing on Tuesday. “We’ll be your partner in this journey every step of the way.”

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