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Third-generation monkeypox vaccines secured, with gay and bisexual men in ‘high-risk’ categories targeted for first rollout

The Australian government has secured 450,000 third-generation vaccines for monkeypox in what it described as a “highly contested” global market for the jabs.

Speaking after today’s national cabinet meeting, Health Minister Mark Butler announced it had locked in the jabs after “27 meetings” with vaccine company Bavarian Nordic.

The vaccine can prevent the transmission of monkeypox virus and also be used as a post-exposure treatment.

Of the 450,000 doses secured, the government says 22,000 will arrive this month, 100,000 “over the course of the year” and 350,000 doses in 2023.

“The first element of the government’s actions against monkeypox is to procure the world’s best vaccines for Australians,” Mr Butler said.

“We are one of only a very limited number of countries that have been able to secure supplies of this in a highly contested market,” Mr Butler said.

More than 25,000 cases of the highly transmissible disease have been reported in 76 countries outside of the endemic areas of Africa.

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