Monkeypox Vaccine Maker ‘No Longer Certain’ It Can Meet Demand as Cases Surge

Monkeypox vaccine maker Bavarian Nordic has warned it is “no longer certain” it can meet the demand for the shots as cases of the virus continue to surge around the world.

The Danish firm’s vice president, Rolf Sass Sorensen, told Bloomberg on Wednesday that the “demand keeps rising.”

“It’s a very dynamic market situation,” Sorensen said.

“Demand keeps rising, and it’s no longer certain that we can continue to meet the demand we’re facing even with the upgrade of our existing manufacturing site in Denmark.”

The Denmark-headquartered company is the only such company with an FDA-approved vaccine for monkeypox in people aged 18 and over who are at high risk of infection.

It is approved under the name JYNNEOS in the United States.

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology giant Moderna is also testing potential monkeypox vaccines in pre-clinical trials.

Amid increasing demand for the vaccine, the company is now looking into outsourcing some of its production.

Some of the outsourcing includes technology transfer to a third-party producer in the United States.

The move would enable bulk production of the vaccine as opposed to just having the vaccine vials filled and packaged.

“We’re looking at ways to get help from partners in all the various production steps of the vaccine,” Sorensen said.

“We are also investigating a tech transfer to a contract manufacturer in the United States to increase capacity.

“We don’t have any concrete negotiations in the works with bulk producers, but we’re investigating and looking at what options there are.”

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The company previously said it would not consider a technology transfer to a third-party producer because it would be too expensive and too long, and would instead deliver on all orders from its Danish facility, Bloomberg reports.

Monkeypox is a rare virus believed to be transmitted to humans from animals and is endemic to Central and West Africa.

In Africa, cases typically are found in places that are in close proximity to tropical rainforests.

However, in recent months the virus has spread across the globe.

A total of 38,019 cases have been confirmed worldwide, according to Center for Disease Control (CDC) data.

Of those cases, 37,632 are in locations that have not historically reported monkeypox.

Overall, there have been 12,688 confirmed cases in the United States, according to the CDC.

Meanwhile, another 5,719 have been recorded in Spain and 3,186 in Germany.

According to scientists, the virus spreads from one person to another through close contact with bodily fluids, lesions, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials.

It can cause a number of symptoms, such as fever, body aches, swelling of the lymph nodes, and a bumpy rash that typically surfaces one to three days after the fever begins, before spreading to other parts of the body. The rash can last up to a month.

Monkeypox has a fatality rate of between 1 and 11 percent in those who become infected, although previous vaccination against smallpox, which is related to the monkeypox virus, may provide protection.

The majority of cases have been found among homosexual, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men, according to health officials.

However, the officials have repeatedly noted that the virus itself is not a sexually transmitted infection and can be caught by anyone.

On Tuesday, for example, a child in Florida under the age of 4 was identified as the first pediatric case of monkeypox in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health.

At least eight children in the United States have now tested positive for monkeypox, according to ABC News. 

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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