Biden administration to allow new injection method for monkeypox vaccine – NYT

Aug 8 – 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 to bolster the U.S. response to contain the outbreak. read more

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According to the newspaper, the announcement is expected as early as Tuesday afternoon. (

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. read more

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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.

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