According to a report from The Washington Post, U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra has declared monkeypox a public health emergency.
“We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” Becerra said at a Thursday news briefing.
WaPo reports “The health secretary is also considering a second declaration empowering federal officials to expedite medical countermeasures, such as potential treatments and vaccines, without going through full-fledged federal reviews. That would also allow for greater flexibility in how the current supply of vaccines is administered, Becerra said.”
The virus has infected 6,600 people since May, or about 0.00002% of the entire population.
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The Biden administration has sounded the alarm on the monkeypox outbreak, declaring it a public health emergency. https://t.co/e3j4jVCvBC
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