- On Thursday, the White House is expected to declare monkeypox a national public health emergency.
- The announcement comes 12 days after the WHO declared the monkeypox outbreak a global emergency.
- Vaccine supplies are limited, with more than 6,600 confirmed cases.
On Thursday, the federal government is expected to declare a nationwide outbreak of monkeypox — spread almost exclusively among men who have sex with men — as a public health emergency.
According to Dan Diamond as Washington post.
as the post, then New York TimesBy designating monkeypox as a public health emergency, the White House will reportedly be able to tap emergency funds to expedite testing, treatment and vaccine shipments.
Since the first case of monkeypox was diagnosed in mid-May this year, more than 6,610 pieces has been confirmed. Many public health professionals believe that number could be much higher.
The Biden administration’s expected announcement comes 12 days after the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global emergency. Despite some disagreements among the panelists, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said as a “tie” that the rapid spread of the virus requires urgent action and that all member states need to “act in solidarity”.
Public Health Emergency Declaration Provides More Funding and CDC Access to More Data
The HHS Secretary has the power to declare public health emergency In the event of a major disaster, infectious disease outbreak or attack.
Doing so would free governments and health agencies from bureaucratic red tape that slows access to treatment and testing. For example, the actions permitted under a public health emergency declaration include:
- FDA authorizes tests and treatments faster than usual, putting them through a fast-track review process;
- Receive “no annual” funding — money set aside specifically for emergencies — to fund research and contact tracing, as well as coordination between federal, state and local health agencies;
- The CDC is requesting more data from local health networks to better understand the spread of the disease.
Many experts expressed their concerns about the lateness of the announcement.The first monkeypox case was detected May in Massachusetts. There were 150 confirmed cases in a month. A month later, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed about 2,000 cases. Two weeks later, the number surpassed 5,000.
Dr. Carlos del Rio, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Emory University told era“I think it’s long overdue for the United States to declare the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency.”
Doctors at major medical centers in Miami and San Francisco say many more cases go unreported because providers don’t know how to recognize signs of infection, and because some clinicians may be uncomfortable asking patients about their sexual histories.
The outbreak has caught experts by surprise because people are showing a wide variety of symptoms.
Some patients have pimples on the genital area that are excruciatingly painful and difficult to go to the bathroom, while others may show little sign of infection and may have just a pimple-like pimple. Other common symptoms include fever and swollen lymph nodes in the groin.