According to Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, the European Commission (EC) has secured an additional 170,000 doses of monkeypox vaccines through the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), with a total of 330,000 available. They said this when they arrived at an informal meeting of EU health ministers in Prague, one of the main topics of the meeting is vaccination.
“We have a discussion on covid-19 and how member states and all of us should be prepared for what may come in the coming months. I will ask member states to finalize their vaccination strategies as soon as possible,” said the commissioner. According to her, clear communication about the necessity of vaccination is also important.
“We now have new adapted vaccines available, vaccination remains key and we need to get boosters and new vaccinations as quickly as possible for people who are not yet vaccinated so that we are ready if the coming months are challenging,” she added.
EMA Director Cooke reminded that the agency agreed to use modified covid vaccines in the EU last week. “In some countries they are already being delivered this week,” she said. She also emphasized the importance of strong vaccination campaigns in autumn and winter.
The chairman of the Czech Vaccinological Society of the Czech Medical Society of Jan Evangelisty Purkyně Roman Chlíbek and one of the advisors of the Minister of Health confirmed to ČTK that modified vaccines should also arrive in the Czech Republic this week.
The topic of the ministers’ informal meeting is the usefulness of vaccination in general and for other infectious diseases. “Preparedness is also important with monkeypox. Although we see a downward trend, we don’t want to stop being prepared for what might happen,” she told reporters. As of September 1, according to data from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), over 18,400 cases in 29 countries were detected in Europe.
In total, the commission has already purchased 330,000 doses of the vaccine through HERA. According to earlier information, the Czechia should receive about 2,800 of the original 170,000 doses, not including widespread vaccination.