BRIGHTON has been highlighted as a key area in the fight against monkeypox as Britain waits for 100,000 vaccines.
The UK is waiting to receive around 100,000 doses of smallpox vaccine as the country is reportedly about to run out.
The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) said 150,000 doses have been sourced but only 50,000 have been received so far due to supply problems.
Sky News reported that there are only around 5,000 doses of vaccine left, with the remainder due to arrive in September.
dr Mary Ramsay of the UKHSA said: “Introduction is proceeding at a rapid pace, with the vaccine being offered to those at higher risk of exposure to monkeypox to provide protection and help contain the current outbreak.”
Thousands of cases of the disease have been recorded in the UK, with the majority being transmitted between gay and bisexual men and men who have sex with other men.
Vaccination experts have recommended offering the Imvanex smallpox vaccine to gay and bisexual men.
Ian Green, chief executive of sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, said areas like Brighton and Hove were key to tackling the viral disease.
“Urgent action is needed to salvage this situation,” he said.
“We know that many gay and bisexual men will be concerned when vaccine supplies run low and we are advising them please don’t panic.
“It is crucial that we have transparency from the UKHSA on what has happened and when we can expect further doses to reach the country, as the vaccination program is absolutely critical to bringing the monkeypox outbreak under control.
“The very limited doses of vaccine that we have in the country must now be prioritized for those most at risk in the places with the highest reported cases.
“This means that in addition to London, sexual health services will also be provided in places like Brighton, Manchester and Essex.
“It’s high time we got the monkeypox response under control and to do that, we need to see this taken seriously at the highest levels of government.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20620930.brighton-highlighted-monkeypox-vaccine-priority-area/?ref=rss Brighton has been highlighted as a priority area for monkeypox vaccines