Monkeypox: the Ministry of Health will receive the first vaccines in September

About 20,000 doses will land in the country in September; and 30 thousand in October. (Photo: Reproduction)

The first doses of the monkeypox (monkeypox) vaccine for Brazil are expected to arrive in September, Health Ministry Executive Secretary Daniel Pereira and Ministry Health Surveillance Secretary Arnaldo Medeiros informed. About 20,000 doses will land in the country in September; and 30 thousand in October.

Only health professionals who handle samples taken from patients and people who have had direct contact with patients will be vaccinated. The vaccination schedule will be in two doses, with an interval of 30 days between them.

The acquisition will be through an agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) because the Danish company that produces the non-replicable vaccine does not have an office in Brazil, nor does it have the intention to open representation in the country. “There is a request from PAHO for the acquisition of 100,000 doses of vaccines for the Americas. Of these 100,000 doses, 50,000 will be purchased by the Ministry of Health,” Medeiros detailed.

Last week, the secretaries of the Ministry of Health gave a press conference to explain the actions of the portfolio, on the day of the opening of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), which will coordinate surveillance and the fight against disease.

According to the Secretary of Health Surveillance, the ministry has informed that there will be no mass vaccination campaign as there is no recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO). “The WHO does not advocate mass vaccination, so we are not talking about a vaccination campaign like we were talking about covid-19. These are absolutely different viruses, it is an absolutely different clinic, an absolutely different contagion, an different lethality. These are absolutely different diseases”, he justified.

Although at this first moment Brazil is buying doses from a Danish company, Medeiros has not ruled out the possibility that in the future the Ministry of Health may buy doses from the Butantan Institute or the Laboratory Manguinhos, of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, if these units produce a non-replicable immunizer against monkeypox and if necessary.

stigma

The Department of Health maintained guidelines for those suspected of being infected. Anyone with symptoms should seek medical attention, notify close contacts and self-isolate as soon as possible. Although most of the cases recorded so far have been in men who have had sex with men, the health surveillance secretary has warned that anyone can contract the virus.

“The epidemiological data we have indicates that in almost 20,000 cases worldwide, more than 95% of confirmed cases are men who have sex with men, but this is not about stigma because the main form of transmission is through contact. [direto com a pele da pessoa infectada]. It is essential not to stigmatize, because the main form of transmission is skin-to-skin contact,” he said. The information comes from Agência Brasil.