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Over 100,000 monkeypox vaccines procured, government says

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More than 100,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been acquired in order to combat the spread of the virus, the government has said.

Last month the NHS stepped up its monkeypox vaccination programme in England as infections rose.

Vaccines minister Maggie Throup said the majority of vaccines were being made available in London, with about 75% of confirmed cases in the capital.

But she urged people to wait to be invited to receive their jabs.

While anyone can get monkeypox, the majority of those with the virus are gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

The latest figures show that nationally there have been 2,436 confirmed cases, with 1,778 of those in London.

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Source: BBC News, 3 August 2022

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