Anvisa releases vaccine and drug for monkey pox

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With the decision, the Ministry of Health will be able to import and use the Jynneos/Imvanex vaccine and the antiviral Tecovirimat

Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) approved, on Thursday (25), the waiver of registration so that the Ministry of Health import and use the Jynneos/Imvanex vaccine and the Tecovirimat drug for monkeypox. The decision was taken at a time when Brazil has more than four thousand infected with the virus. monkeypox.

Both authorizations are of an exceptional and temporary nature and are granted only to the portfolio. The validity for the two exemptions is six months, provided they are not expressly revoked by Anvisa.

The authorized immunizers are Jynneos (USA) and Imvanex (EMA) which, despite being the same product, have different names in the United States and Europe. The immunizer is intended for adults over 18 years of age and has a shelf life of up to 60 months when stored between -60ºC to -40ºC.

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The drug approved by Anvisa is Tecovirimat 200 mg, in the pharmaceutical form of hard capsule for oral use. It is valid for 84 months and is indicated for the treatment of infection in adults, adolescents and children weighing at least 13 kg.

The antiviral treats three infections caused by the orthopoxvirus family, including smallpox, monkeypox and cowpox. For the reporting director of Anvisa, Meiruze Freitas, the drug can save lives and control the damage caused by monkeypox, especially in people at greater risk of complications and serious infection.

Regarding the vaccine, which is already used to prevent smallpox, Freitas says that the immunizer is expected to prevent or reduce the severity of infection by monkeypox, as these are similar viruses. However, the director emphasizes the need to conduct monitoring studies to assess and confirm the effectiveness of the immunizer for monkeypox.

What will the monkeypox vaccination schedule look like?

According to the Ministry of Health, the Jynneos/Imvanex vaccine will first be provided to healthcare professionals and people close to those infected with monkeypox.

The folder also stated, at the end of July, that it expects 50,000 doses of the immunizing agent for the month of September as part of an agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The World Health Organization (WHO) still does not guide mass vaccination of the population for the disease.

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Regarding the antiviral drug Tecovirimat, the minister of health, Marcelo Queiroga, said that the first “contemplated” would be people with more serious cases, at first.

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