Danish company Bavarian Nordic, the lone laboratory manufacturing a licensed vaccine against monkeypox, said an “undisclosed European country” had ordered 1.5 million doses.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for “intense” efforts to fight the disease as cases rise, especially in western Europe.
Bavarian Nordic said deliveries to the undisclosed country would start this year under the contract but the majority of the doses will be delivered during 2023.
Last June of this year, a WHO emergency committee of experts decided that monkeypox had not met the threshold to constitute a so-called Public Health Emergency of International Concern — the highest alarm the WHO can sound.
Experts have detected a surge since early May outside of the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic.
Monkeypox, a viral infection resembling smallpox and first detected in humans in 1970, is less dangerous and contagious than smallpox, which was eradicated in 1980.
With additional report: Agence – France-Presse