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US will stretch monkeypox vaccine supply with smaller doses

Aug. 09, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday authorized a plan to stretch the nation’s limited supply of monkeypox vaccine by giving people just one-fifth the usual dose, citing research suggesting that the reduced amount is about as effective. The so-called dose-sparing...

EU drug regulator recommends clearing vaccine for monkeypox

Jul. 22, 2022 07:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said Friday that the smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic should also be authorized against monkeypox, as the outbreak of the once-rare disease continues to sicken people across the continent. The European Union drug regulator said...

EU regulator considers clearing smallpox shot for monkeypox

Jun. 28, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency says it will begin reviewing data to decide if a smallpox vaccine made by the pharmaceutical company Bavarian Nordic might also be authorized for monkeypox, amid a growing outbreak of the disease across the continent. In a statement on...

WHO to share vaccines to stop monkeypox amid inequity fears

Jun. 15, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said it’s creating a new vaccine-sharing mechanism to stop the outbreak of monkeypox in more than 30 countries beyond Africa. The move could result in the U.N. health agency distributing scarce vaccine doses to rich countries that can otherwise afford...

German panel recommends vaccines after exposure to monkeypox

Jun. 09, 2022 09:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's independent vaccine advisory panel is recommending that shots against monkeypox be prioritized for people recently exposed to the virus that causes the disease. The panel, known by its German acronym STIKO, circulated a draft recommendation Thursday in...

Monkeypox outbreak needs a united response, says WHO Africa

Jun. 02, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Africa must be part of a united global fight against monkeypox, the World Health Organization's Africa office said Thursday, as countries in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere respond to unusual outbreaks of the disease. “We must have one connected global...

Africans see inequity in monkeypox response elsewhere

Jun. 01, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

OSUN, Nigeria (AP) — As health authorities in Europe and elsewhere roll out vaccines and drugs to stamp out the biggest monkeypox outbreak beyond Africa, some doctors acknowledge an ugly reality: The resources to slow the disease's spread have long been available, just not to the Africans who...

WHO: Monkeypox won't turn into pandemic, but many unknowns

May. 30, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 27, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misidentify photos of trans...

WHO: Nearly 200 cases of monkeypox in more than 20 countries

May. 27, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited...