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Monkeypox Ravages The US As Disease Infects Thousands

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Jul 29, 2022 11:27 AM EDT
U.S. President Joe Biden

Just recently, almost 3,600 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the US. Surprisingly, every state has at least one confirmed case. This was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The Biden administration is currently debating whether to declare the outbreak another public health emergency. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra went on to note that they want to get ahead of monkeypox.

As per a memo by The Washington Post, the Biden administration privately estimated to Congress that they may need around $7 billion to respond to the monkeypox outbreak.

The funds would be used for antiviral treatments, expand testing, further improve vaccine distributions, and provide service coverage for uninsured and underinsured Americans. As of now, Denmark's Jynneos is the only vaccine specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for monkeypox.

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This limitation has caused complications in the US. This is because hundreds of thousands of doses are stranded overseas for weeks due to inspection and delivery.

Citizens should be on the lookout for symptoms such as fever, lesions, and severe pain. These are the tell-tale signs of monkeypox. Adding to this, the monkeypox virus spreads by skin-to-skin contact. This means that people should continue following the health protocols for COVID-19.

As per health officials, the monkeypox virus is at risk of becoming a severe problem in the US. Moreover, the Biden administration has gone on to distribute 330,000 vaccines and are contracted for a total of 6.9 million Jynneos doses by 2023.

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Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding the monkeypox virus.

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