Health Minister Mark Butler announces next step in Australian response to monkeypox

The first shipment of nearly half a million doses of a new monkeypox virus vaccine is on its way to Australia.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Health Minister Mark Butler confirmed the government had obtained 450,000 doses of the vaccine from Bavarian Nordic.

The first shipment of around 22,000 doses will arrive in the country later this week.

Mr Butler earlier signaled he was finalizing the advice following a national cabinet briefing by Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly on Thursday.

Currently, 55 cases of monkeypox have been detected in Australia.

“The number of cases is certainly increasing in countries that have not traditionally had monkeypox – countries outside of Africa,” Butler said.

“We are certainly well behind the level of case notification that you see in the United States, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom. But we have been working very hard on this answer over the past few weeks. »

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Originally published as Minister of Health announces next step in Australia’s monkeypox fight