US regulators clear way for more monkeypox vaccine shipments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. officials say thousands more doses of the monkeypox vaccine could soon begin shipping from Denmark.

The Food and Drug Administration said it has completed a required inspection of the overseas plant where the shots are manufactured.

The update comes amid soaring demand for the shots in New York City, California and other parts of the U.S.

The federal government purchased more than 1.1 million doses of the vaccine from Bavarian Nordic, most which are still in storage at the company’s Denmark plant.

But the FDA requires an on-site inspection before vaccines from a new plant can be cleared for use. An FDA spokesperson said its inspection recently concluded.