Limited vaccine supply could thwart Canada’s efforts to contain monkeypox – CBC

Federal stockpile details remain under wraps as regions hold back doses to stretch supplies

Jul 22, 2022

As an unprecedented global monkeypox outbreak keeps growing, Canada remains opaque about its vaccine stockpile — even as advocates and medical experts warn the country may lack enough supply to meet current demand, with many Canadians being offered just one round of what’s typically a two-dose shot in order to stretch supplies.

Countries are also hastily procuring more vaccine shipments while a key manufacturer is striving to keep up with global orders, all to stop the spread of a virus that has struck more than 14,000 people globally so far this year.

“Every effort must be made to contain this infection,” Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for monkeypox, told CBC News.

More than 600 cases of monkeypox virus, or MPXV, have been identified in Canada to date.

An often painful, lengthy illness, which remains contagious until lesions are fully healed, the current MPXV outbreak is overwhelmingly affecting men who have sex with men, though the virus is typically known for infecting people more broadly, including women and children.

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