In the upcoming days, reports suggest that the Biden administration may declare monkeypox a public health emergency according to Fox News.
Politico quoted sources with knowledge of the situation as saying that the declaration might take place as early as this week. Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the direction of Secretary Xavier Becerra, would make such a statement.
Before publication, Fox News contacted HHS and the White House for comment but received no response however, the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the international monkeypox virus outbreak a global health emergency just days before the release of the study.
It’s time for California & San Francisco to declare a state of emergency on monkeypox.
Monkeypox isn’t contained. It’s spreading & we don’t have enough vaccines or testing.
A state of emergency allows flexibility on testing, contracting for services & vaccine administration.
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) July 27, 2022
Authorities in the United States have been sounding the alarm about monkeypox. San Francisco and other large cities’ health officials claim they still don’t have enough doses of the vaccine to meet demand.
Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of California was urged to announce a state of emergency in a statement by state legislator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.
Tedros made the decision having considered the views of committee members and advisors, in addition to other factors in line with the IHR.
“Although I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern, for the moment this is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners,” Tedros noted according to Fox News.
“That means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups,” he said.