The Biden administration officially declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Health Secretary Javier Becerra made the announcement during a briefing with the Department of Health and Services on Thursday, as new York Times Report.
“We are ready to take our response to this virus to the next level, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” Becerra said.
The announcement gives federal agencies the ability to direct funds to help the outbreak develop vaccines and drug treatments, aid with emergency funding, and hire workers.
Cases have been on the rise since the first US case was identified in May, with about 7,000 probable or confirmed cases currently detected.
Biden and Becerra have been under scrutiny from public health experts and activists, who are urging them to tackle the outbreak more aggressively. Earlier this week, Biden appointed an emergency response officer and an infectious disease specialist from the White House to coordinate the response effort.
Last month, the World Health Organization also declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), defined as an “extraordinary occurrence” and a public health risk that could spread internationally and This may require a “coordinated international response”.
Declaring it a public health emergency opens the FDA to authorize measures to diagnose, prevent, or treat monkeypox without the agency’s specific long-term reviews. This approach helped speed up the treatment and vaccine response to the first coronavirus. This allows CDC greater access to state information from local public health departments, which can streamline data on cases and vaccinations.
Several US cities – including New York, Chicago and San Francisco – and the states of Illinois, California and New York have already declared monkeypox a public emergency, which allows the regions to receive money and resources to combat the outbreak. Is.