Senior Health Official: Monkeypox ‘Can Be Contained’ in U.S.
Monkeypox “can be contained” in the U.S., with the goal of eventually eliminating the illness as testing and vaccinations ramp up, the White House’s Covid-19 response coordinator said.
Ashish Jha stated that there are more than 2000 cases of monkeypox in America. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been considering whether to declare it a public emergency. On Saturday, the head of World Health Organization declared that the worldwide outbreak was a public emergency of international concern.
“We think we can get our arms around this thing,” Jha said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “But obviously, if we need further tools, we will invoke them as we need them.”
He said “monkeypox can be contained, absolutely,” through testing and vaccines. Jha stated that the U.S. has 300,000. vaccines and can test up to 80,000 people per week.
The U.S. should have “an additional 750,000 doses” of vaccine by the end of the month, Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show.”
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the WHO Director-General intervened in the matter after the nine experts on the committee voted against making the monkeypox crisis an emergency. Only six of them were in favour. Tedros, the head of the WHO health organisation, was criticized by certain quarters for not acting quickly enough to raise the alarms about Covid.
“We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly through new modes of transmission,” he said during a press briefing in Geneva on Saturday.
The majority of monkeypox cases worldwide still involve men who have sex, as well as those who identify themselves gay or bisexual. Two pediatric cases of monkeypox were identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. It raises concern that this virus could be spreading to other countries.
Fauci stated that the objective is to vaccine all groups affected by monkeypox, which includes people who were exposed to the virus or those at greater risk. This also applies to men who have had sex with men.
“You really want to get people who are at risk because of behavior,” he said on MSNBC.
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