New infections of monkeypox are steadily declining in Spain, which has recorded the world’s second-highest number of cases in this year’s global outbreak, Health Minister said on Monday. Caroline Darias.
“With all due caution, Spain is in the phase of declining monkeypox transmission,” he said after a meeting with health authorities from the Spanish regions.
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was possible to eliminate monkeypox in Europe, citing evidence that transmission of the disease, which the WHO declared a global health emergency, is declining by a handful of countries.
Spain has reported 6,645 confirmed cases — the highest in Europe and second in the world after the United States — and two deaths since reporting its first case in May.
The country has purchased more than 17,000 doses of the Imvanex vaccine from Bavarian Nordic, the only one available on the market against monkeypox, and recently approved the “dose reduction” vaccination technique, which allows up to five people to benefit from a single vial.