Health secretary Thérèse Coffey has rejected advice from officials to procure additional doses of the monkeypox vaccine.
That's the topline from Donato Mancini's scoop for the FT this weekend. But what does it mean?
It's raised great concern that it will leave the UK ill-prepared for a resurgence of the disease. This news comes as it appears the outbreak could be curtailed if progress continues, with new cases down to 100 a week - BBC
Coffey’s move flies in the face of advice from the UK Health Security Agency and sexual health experts. Labour wrote to the government to ask for an explanation of the decision - Gay Times
Join us to work out why the UK government has rejected this advice as we ask Donato and some of the show's recent contributors what the pox is going on? This week's guests are:
- Donato Mancini - Pharma Correspondent, Financial Times
- Susan Cole - Community Engagement, NAM Aidsmap
- Matthew Hodson - Executive Director of NAM Aidsmap
- Will Nutland - Co-founder of Love Tank CIC, Prepster
Listen to this rapid response episode that covers:
- How Donato Mancini broke this story and what it means
- What and how much do we know about what the Government has decided
- What it means for getting a monkeypox vaccine
Credits: Hosted and produced by Martin Joseph. Directed and executive produced by Jamie Wareham. A QueerAF Production. With thanks to all of our guests valuable time.
Resources and links:
- Read Donato's story in the Financial Times
- Read Gay Times's scoop about the letter from Labour
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