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

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 that the government had secured 450,000 doses of the vaccine from Bavarian Nordic.

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

Mr. Butler previously reported that he was in the process of finalizing the board following a national cabinet briefing by Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly on Thursday.

At present, 55 cases of monkeypox have been detected in Australia.

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

“We are definitely far behind the level of case reporting we see in the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. But we have been working very hard on this response in the past few weeks. “

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Originally published when the Minister of Health announces the next step in the fight against monkeypox in Australia