New Zealand Unsure of Monkeypox Vaccine Arrival

New Zealand health officials said Thursday there is no guaranteed monkeypox vaccine supply yet for the country because of global demands.

Te Whatu Ora-Health New Zealand national director Dr. Nick Chamberlain said there is no vaccine on order as many countries also secure it from one manufacturer.

“The challenge that we have, [which] is the same that countries all over the world have, is that there is a single vaccine manufacturer,” Public Health Agency’s Deputy Director-General Dr. Andrew Old said

According to Chamberlain, the government talked with Pharmac, responsible for the vaccine procurement, to obtain monkeypox vaccines as soon as the first infection was detected.

The government aims to acquire at least 20,000 monkeypox vaccines, the minimum purchase.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed its third monkeypox case. The first case was confirmed on July 9, while the second was reported on July 12.

Health authorities said the government would implement a broader public health measure and not only rely on vaccination.

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