Modern testing potential monkeypox vaccines

Moderna Inc. is testing potential vaccines against monkeypox in pre-clinical trials as the disease spreads in the United States and Europe.

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The World Health Organization said on Tuesday there have been 131 confirmed monkeypox cases and 106 further suspected cases since the first was reported on May 7 outside the countries where it usually spreads.

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Moderna did not immediately respond to a request for more details on the monkeypox vaccines.

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Moderna logo and stock graph are seen displayed in this illustration taken, May 3, 2022. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration (REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / Reuters)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the government was in the process of releasing doses of a smallpox vaccine Jynneos, made by Bavarian Nordic A / S, for use in monkeypox cases.

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