Spain receives the first 5,300 vaccines against Monkeypox

Spain has received the first 5,300 doses of the Jynneos vaccine against Monkeypox. The vaccines are part of the purchase carried out by the European Commission through the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA).

This European initiative has allowed member states to have third-generation vaccines against this disease in an equitable manner based on epidemiological and demographic criteria. Two more shipments are expected in the coming months. The contract signed by HERA made it possible to acquire 110,000 doses for the entire European Union and Spain will receive 10 percent, which places us as the European country with the highest receipt of vaccines against Monkeypox.

Vaccines must be stored deep-frozen to ensure their quality, safety, and efficacy and are made available to public health authorities for control of this outbreak.

These vaccines are added to the 200 doses of INVAMEX that Spain bought from a neighbouring country and that are already being inoculated at the request of the Autonomous Communities, following the protocol approved by the Public Health Commission, hand in hand with the Vaccine Report.

In Spain, according to data from the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (RENAVE), as of June 27, a total of 800 confirmed cases of Monkeypox have been reported.

Last May, the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported the identification of several cases of Monkeypox with no history of recent travel to endemic areas or contact with previously reported cases.

In accordance with the procedures of the Early Warning and Rapid Response System, an alert was opened at the national level, and all key actors were alerted to guarantee a rapid, timely and coordinated response. A procedure has been drawn up for the early detection and management of cases and contacts of this alert, agreed within the Alert Report, which is updated according to the epidemiological evolution and the behaviour of the disease.

The Ministry of Health is in permanent contact with international institutions, specifically the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the WHO to monitor this alert and take the appropriate measures in a coordinated manner.