US declares state of emergency over Monkeypox – New York Post

The Biden administration declared a health emergency over the growing monkeypox outbreak Thursday.

The declaration allows the federal government to amp up its response to the virus without the usual regulatory barriers.

“I want to make an announcement today that I will be declaring a public health emergency,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a call with reporters Thursday about the monkeypox outbreak.

“We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus.”

“We urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility and help us tackle this virus,” he continued.

The country has reported more than 6,600 cases of the virus, which cause fever, aches, and bumps or sores on the body.

It spreads through drawn-out skin-to-skin contact, and the main demographic affected so far has been gay and bisexual men.

The country has reported more than 6,000 cases of the virus, which cause cause fever, aches, and bumps or sores on the body.
The country has reported more than 6,600 cases of the virus, which can cause fever, aches, and bumps or sores on the body.
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Biden’s beleaguered chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday that the administration will work with LGBTQ leaders to make sure it is educating and engaging with the community.

“Engagement of the community has always proven to be successful,” Fauci said.

Biden officials have been under scrutiny for a slow response to the growing outbreak, particularly because vaccines for the virus already exist.

The US is slated to declare a state of emergency as Monkey pox cases continue to rise.
The US has declared a state of emergency as monkeypox cases continue to rise.
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“Importantly, this declaration will also help us continue to expand public health’s ability to expedite data sharing so that we can have comprehensive and timely data available to inform public health decisions,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday.

The president appointed Robert Fenton of FEMA as the White House national monkeypox response coordinator on Tuesday and named Dr. Demetre Daskalaki, the CDC director of HIV prevention, as his deputy.

The administration says it has made 1.1 million doses of the vaccine available, and 600,000 have been administered.

A new phase of the country’s fight against the virus will begin because of the declaration, which Lawrence Gostin, a public health law expert at Georgetown University, called belated.

“It is a textbook case of a public health emergency,” Gostin said, adding that the order should have been issued sooner. “It’s not a red or a blue state issue. There is no political opposition to fighting monkeypox.”

The country currently only has the capacity for 80,000 monkeypox tests per week.
The country currently only has the capacity for 80,000 monkeypox tests per week.
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The World Health Organization declared the spreading monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency on July 23 after declining to declare one in late June. Some 150,000 additional vaccine doses are coming in September, federal officials said.

More than 25,800 cases of monkeypox have been recorded worldwide.

Mayor Eric Adams declared monkeypox a public health emergency in New York City on Saturday, after saying in May he was not worried about its spread in the Big Apple.

The country currently only has the capacity for 80,000 monkeypox tests per week.

With Post wires

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