Japan’s KM Biologics Sees Overseas Demand for Monkeypox Vaccine

KM Biologics, a unit of candy maker Meiji Holdings Co, has had “several inquiries from overseas” a company official told Reuters on Wednesday, declining to comment on any export plan for the shot.

Japan’s health ministry on Tuesday approved the company’s freeze-dried smallpox vaccine LC16 KMB for use against monkeypox, after an experts panel recommended the move last week.

Japan has had only two confirmed cases of monkeypox during the current global outbreak.

Based in the southern prefecture of Kumamoto, KM Biologics mainly produces vaccines for humans and veterinary use. It has an inactivated COVID-19 shot currently in development.

(Reporting by Rocky Swift; editing by Jason Neely)

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