US to declare monkeypox public health emergency – Washington Post | Inquirer News

US to declare monkeypox public health emergency – Washington Post

/ 03:33 AM August 05, 2022
Monkeypox disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches, and pus-filled skin lesions

FILE PHOTO: Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo

United States President Joe Biden’s administration plans to declare the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency as soon as Thursday, the Washington Post reported, citing unidentified sources.

The declaration would come from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, who is expected to discuss the plan at an afternoon briefing, the Post reported.

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The declaration would free up additional funding, the Washington Post reported.

Biden on August 2 appointed two top federal officials to coordinate his administration’s response to monkeypox, following declarations of emergencies by California, Illinois, and New York.

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Cases have crossed 6,600 in the United States, as of Wednesday’s data.

The U.S. government had through mid-July distributed 156,000 monkeypox vaccine doses nationwide. It has ordered an additional 2.5 million doses of Bavarian Nordic’s vaccine.

First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches, and pus-filled skin lesions, and people tend to recover from it within two to four weeks, according to the World Health Organization.

The HHS did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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