Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency in America


The Biden administration on Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Since the first US monkeypox case was identified in mid-May, more than 6,600 probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the United States. The majority of cases in the US outbreak have been among men who have sex with men, including gay and bisexual men and people who identify as transgender. Close contact with an infected individual is required for the spread of the monkeypox virus.Some cities and states, including New York City, San Francisco, California, Illinois and New York, have already previosly declared monkeypox an emergency. Robert Fenton was named as the White House’s national monkeypox response coordinator. Fenton is a trusted and experienced FEMA regional administrator with expertise in government and supply chain operations. Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, serves as the deputy coordinator.


Although no therapies are currently authorized specifically for monkeypox, the federal government has medications in the national stockpile including over 1.7 million courses of tecovirimat, an antiviral that is FDA approved for smallpox. Currently, the Danish-based biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic is the sole manufacturer of the monkeypox vaccines needed for Americans and the entire world. There are multiple theories as to why cases of monkeypox are increasing, including climate change and deforestation. routine vaccination against smallpox in the general public ended in 1972 in the United States, so there are fewer people today with immune protection.