The “limit of 50,000 vaccinations” against monkeypox in France was overcome on Monday, Health Minister François Braun said Tuesday in Montpellier during a visit to one of 188 vaccination centers against the disease.
“Yesterday we passed the 50,000 vaccination mark, making France one of the countries in the world where we vaccinate the most along with the United States,” said the Minister of Health and Prevention. the first to introduce preventive vaccination and the only one to provide this vaccination for free.”
“We have vaccinated a lot and we can still vaccinate: our 188 vaccination centers are ready, we have vaccines, we have the capacity for vaccination, all these centers have places for vaccination,” the minister continued, explaining that he could not “accept the term delayed ignition.” : “We started extremely quickly. (…) I arrived on July 4, and on the 10th they started vaccination.”
More than 100,000 doses of the vaccine have been delivered to these centers, French Public Health said on Friday, adding that 2,889 confirmed cases of monkeypox had been identified as of Thursday.
With 50,000 vaccinations overall, France is still far from the 37,000 weekly vaccinations requested by the associations to allow vaccination before the end of the summer of the entire population considered at risk of infection.
Since July 11, monkeypox vaccination has been offered nationwide to men who have sex with men and transgender people who report having multiple sex partners, sex workers and professionals working in places of sex.
This target group was estimated in July for men who have had sex with men with multiple partners in the past six months alone at “about 250,000 people” according to an estimate by the Higher Office of Health (HAS).