US to declare health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

According to authorities, the US will declare a public health emergency to support the federal response to the monkeypox outbreak that has already affected more than 6,600 Americans.

The declaration will free up federal funding and resources to combat the virus, which may cause fever, body pains, chills, exhaustion, and lumps that resemble pimples on various body areas.

The announcement comes as the Biden administration has been slammed for the pace of the monkeypox vaccine availability.

Major cities like New York and San Francisco have clinics that claim they haven’t received enough of the two-shot vaccine to fulfill demand. Some of these clinics have had to stop administering the second dose of the vaccine in order to ensure that the first doses are available.

According to the White House, more than 1.1 million doses of vaccine are available and have helped to boost domestic diagnostic capacity to 80,000 tests per week. BKM/ Expat Media

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