Monkey pox: vaccination extends in France, while the epidemic calms down

Currently, vaccination against monkeypox mainly takes place in dedicated centres, for example in hospitals, and only five pharmacies can take part in it within the framework of a limited experiment.

The government on Friday extended the possibility of vaccination in pharmacies against monkeypox, a measure taken at a time when the epidemic is slowing down markedly in France and, more broadly, in Europe and America.

Vaccination against monkeypox will be possible “in the pharmacies designated by the director general of the regional health agency”, according to a decree published in the Official Journal.

Currently, vaccination against monkeypox mainly takes place in dedicated centres, for example in hospitals, and only five pharmacies can take part in it within the framework of a limited experiment.

The Directorate General of Health specified that, for the time being, 25 French pharmacies had been designated to carry out the vaccination. Among the original five, some are part of it but others have abandoned the experiment.

The number of cases down sharply

This measure is part of a context where the monkeypox epidemic, which has been spreading around the world since the spring, is clearly calming down in France and elsewhere. For a week, less than a hundred cases have been reported in the country, according to a point published this Thursday evening by the French public health agencywhile this weekly figure was around 500 at the start of the summer.

More broadly, last week “the number of monkeypox cases reported in Europe and the Americas declined, contributing to a global downward trend since August,” the World Health Organization (WHO) summarized. in a report given on Wednesday.

The presence of the disease is unusual in these regions of the world, as monkeypox has also been observed for several decades in about ten African countries.

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