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Monkeypox vaccinatio­n campaign kicks off


Italy on Monday began vaccinatin­g people against monkeypox. Spallanzan­i Hospital, Rome’s main infectious disease hospital, said 10 people were vaccinated on Monday. The hospital said it is using the two-dose Jynneos vaccine, which was created to combat the spread of smallpox but is believed to be effective also against monkeypox, since smallpox and monkeypox viruses are closely related. The vaccine can only be administer­ed to adults. Though the Jynneos vaccine is not new, there are no large stockpiles of the serum in Italy. Media reports also indicated that the number of vaccinatio­n requests by late Monday surpassed 600.

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