According to two sources who are aware with the situation, the United States will declare a public health emergency in order to strengthen the federal response to the outbreak of monkeypox that has already infected more than 6,600 Americans. This information was shared on Thursday.
Because of this news, federal funding and resources will become available to combat the virus, which can result in symptoms such as fever, body pains, chills, exhaustion, and pimples that resemble acne on many different places of the body. Ahead of the announcement, the people talked on the condition that their identities remain concealed.
The proclamation comes at a time when the administration of President Joe Biden has come under fire for the rate at which a vaccine against monkeypox is becoming available. Clinics in big cities such as New York and San Francisco have reported that they haven't received enough of the two-shot vaccine to meet demand. As a result, some of these clinics have been forced to stop administering the second dose of the vaccine in order to ensure supply of the initial doses. The White House has stated that it has contributed to the increase of domestic diagnostic capacity to 80,000 tests per week and that it has made more than 1.1 million doses of vaccination available.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Whyy.Org.