Germany is likely to receive 40,000 vaccine doses against monkeypox in early June, with 200,000 more set to follow, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach on Sunday has made the following statement after cases were reported in Munich and Berlin.

The Social Democratic minister made the statement that, “40,000 units will be delivered in the first two weeks of June, and 200,000 more after that.”

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He mentioned that he had signed the contract & that the ministry was waiting for the surity from the producer. “Still, I am very much confident that we will have these vaccines very soon.”

Lauterbach also added that so far, Germany does not have any of the vaccines in stock.

The minister has made the explanation that the vaccine called Imvanex is approved against monkeypox in the United States. While the vaccine is not specially geared towards the virus, it has provided some protection, mainly against severe symptoms.

As per Lauterbach, the perspective is to be ready if vaccinating contact persons of those infected becomes necessary.

Following the first case of monkeypox in Germany was recorded in Munich earlier this month, two cases were reported in Berlin.

Lauterbach said he does not expect the virus to turn into a new pandemic. While he said it was important to contain the spread, “I do not think that monkeypox really poses a threat in terms of pandemic- the potential is not there.”

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