Public health officials announced Wednesday that people who have received a single dose of monkeypox vaccine in the United States’ efforts to combat the virus are significantly less likely to become ill, although they have opted for a second dose for complete protection. requested.
This is the first time that public health officials have provided information about how the gynos vaccine affects monkeys, a virus that is mainly spread among infected men who have sex with men.
“These new data give us a level of cautious optimism that the vaccine is working as intended,” Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Wednesday.
White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said about 800,000 first and second doses of the vaccine have been administered nationwide to people at high risk of becoming infected with the virus.
There is currently no scientifically conclusive data showing the efficacy of the Genos vaccine against monkeypox.
But new data from the CDC suggests that unvaccinated men aged 18 to 49 who were considered eligible to receive the vaccine were 14 times more likely to be infected with monkeypox than those who received the dose at least two weeks earlier. Was. The data comes from 32 states and matches cases registered between July 31 and September 3.
Still, Valensky said, laboratory studies show that the highest levels of immunity to the virus are reached after people have received a second dose of the vaccine, calling it “really significant.”
Worldwide, the United States is the country that has reported the most cases of monkeypox. More than 25,000 infections of the virus, which can cause rash, fever, body aches and chills, have been recorded so far.
The country faced problems in its response, as federal officials struggled to distribute the vaccine after the first case was reported in May. Some cities and counties this summer tried to stretch limited supplies, forcing them to stop offering the recommended second dose of the vaccine.
Now public health officials are trying to catch people by reminding them to take their second dose. According to the CDC, by September 17, approximately 150,000 second doses had been given.