August 15, 2022

U.S. Declares State of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

Thursday, the Biden administration declared the present monkeypox outbreak to be a public well being emergency in the US.

The declaration permits entry to emergency funds in addition to opens up extra assets, and will increase entry to care with out the standard limitations.

“I want to make an announcement today that I will be declaring a public health emergency,” Well being and Human Providers Secretary Xavier Becerra mentioned in a briefing Thursday.

“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,” he continued.

Greater than 6,600 circumstances of monkeypox have been confirmed in 48 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico as of Thursday, based on the CDC.

Simply final month, the World Well being Group introduced that monkeypox is a public well being emergency of worldwide concern.