The European Commission has signed a contract with the North Bavarian Danish company to buy just under 110,000 monkeypox vaccines, the European Commission said on Tuesday. Vaccines will be distributed as soon as possible among EU member states, Norway and Iceland. The Netherlands has decided not to buy any vaccines now.
More and more monkeypox infections are being detected in the European Union. According to the latest figures, sixty people in the Netherlands have contracted the virus. Several infections have already been detected in neighboring countries.
“Ensuring that vaccines reach member states quickly and efficiently after the outbreak is our moral duty,” said Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission. Northern Bavaria will deliver 109,090 vaccines to the European Commission in the foreseeable future.
These will be distributed to all member states, Norway and Iceland. The committee does not specify which country will receive the number of vaccines. In 2019, the Netherlands itself purchased about 100,000 monkeypox vaccines from the same company and also has a strategic stockpile for which no figures have been disclosed. “Therefore, we have decided not to participate in the purchase this time,” a spokesperson for the Department of Health said.
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