US Declares National Health Emergency Due to Outbreak of Monkeypox Cases

National health emergency due to the monkeypox outbreak.

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The United States government declared this Thursday a national health emergency due to the outbreak of monkeypox that the country lives, in which thousands of infections have already been registered although, for the moment, no deaths.

“We are prepared to take our response to the next level,” US Secretary of Health Xavier Becerra explained Thursday in a call with reporters.

The declaration will allow national agencies to access emergency funds and will facilitate the management of vaccines and treatments for the disease.

It will also promote awareness and information work that, according to the authorities, is essential to contain contagion, which are advancing rapidly 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 monkeypox spread response groupafter being criticized for its slowness in buying vaccines and treatments.

Last week, the health authorities announced that more than a million vaccines against the disease would be made available to the states in the coming days, of which 600,000 have already been delivered, Becerra announced.

In addition, they expect to receive another 150,000 doses in September, and additional vaccines in October and November.

The country currently registers more than 6,500 infections of monkeypoxa figure much higher than the 4,600 registered last week.

The declaration of a national emergency will also force states to share health information about monkeypox with federal authorities, which will speed up the response to the emergency, explained the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky.

The World Health Organization (WHO) already declared an international health emergency due to the outbreak two weeks ago, after more than 16,000 cases have been detected in 75 countries, many of them European, and some deaths.