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White House rolls out monkeypox strategy with testing, 300,000 vaccine shots for at-risk populations

Added 06-28-22 07:22:02pm EST - “The White House will ramp up monkeypox testing and exponentially expand the reach of vaccines to at-risk contacts in the first phase of President Biden's plan to respond to a virus that's been pinging around the U.S. for over a month.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “White House rolls out monkeypox strategy with testing, 300,000 vaccine shots for at-risk populations”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The White House will ramp up monkeypox testing and exponentially expand the reach of vaccines to at-risk contacts in the first phase of President Biden’s plan to respond to a virus that’s been pinging around the U.S. for over a month.

The administration said it will allocate 296,000 doses of vaccine in the coming weeks, including 56,000 immediately.

It is a major escalation from the vaccine campaign that previously distributed 9,000 doses of stockpiled vaccines. The campaign will emphasize the Jynneos vaccine that is designed to combat smallpox and monkeypox.

The Jynneos shots are in limited supply, so doses will be sent to areas with the highest transmission while the administration supplements the effort with the ACAM2000 vaccine for smallpox, a related virus.

Over the coming months, 1.6 million doses will become available nationwide as the administration digs in for a lengthy effort.

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