Government of America It announced on Thursday that it is declaring a national health emergency due to the outbreak Monkey disease It has been registered in the country, where thousands of infections have already been reported, however, so far, there have been no deaths.
“We are ready to take our response to the next level,” US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra explained in a call with reporters on Thursday.
The announcement will allow national agencies to access emergency funding and help manage vaccines and treatments for the disease.
According to officials, it will also promote awareness and information efforts, which are essential to control the rapidly progressing epidemic in the country.
“We encourage all Americans to take monkeypox seriously and take responsibility to help us deal with this virus,” the health secretary added.
Earlier this week, the White House announced the creation of a response team to deal with the spread of monkey flu after it was criticized for delays in procuring vaccines and treatments.
Last week, health officials announced that more than one million vaccines against the disease would be available to states in the coming days. Becerra announced that 600,000 of these have already been awarded.
In addition, they expect to receive another 150,000 doses in September and additional vaccines in October and November.
The country has now recorded more than 6,500 cases of monkeypox, far higher than the 4,600 recorded last week.
Rochelle, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), explained that the national emergency declaration would force states to share health information about rabies with federal authorities, which would speed up emergency response. Walensky.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had already declared the outbreak an international health emergency two weeks ago, after more than 16,000 cases were detected in 75 countries, many of them European, and some deaths.
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