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Monkey pox: why can’t the state reveal the number of doses of vaccine it has?

“We cannot give figures”, indicated the Minister of Health this Wednesday morning.

While more than 1,700 cases of monkey pox have been detected on French territoryLGBT associations are calling for the deployment of the vaccine on a larger scale and want the state to communicate on the number of doses it has.

A request that reached the ears of François Braun, new Minister of Health. On franceinfo this Wednesday, he revealed the reason why the State does not indicate its stockpile of smallpox vaccine.

“We can’t give numbers”

“The stock is a defense secret because smallpox is recognized as a biological weapon”, declared François Braun before adding: “We know that it could be used in the event of a conflict and therefore it is part of the State’s reserve stocks”. “We cannot give figures”, he firmly maintained.

“There is a very large stock”, nevertheless wanted to reassure the Minister of Health. He took the opportunity to take stock of the progress of vaccination. “We destocked 42,000 doses”, said François Braun. In details, “32,000 available for 7,000 people vaccinated”.

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“The stock is a defense secret because smallpox is recognized as a biological weapon”, declares François Braun, Minister of Health, who indicates that “there is a very substantial stock” of vaccine doses. pic.twitter.com/nQ08Yl1OCa

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