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The World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency on Saturday.
“I have determined that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern,” That’s what WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.
Issuing a public health emergency of international concern improves coordination and sharing of resources and information between nations. The declaration comes even though the WHO’s emergency committee, which was considering whether to issue the emergency declaration, had not reached an agreement.
Tedros said the outbreak is spreading rapidly and there is a “clear risk of further international spread.”
The monkeypox outbreak is mainly among men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners. There are more than 16,000 cases globally, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, 2,891 cases have been confirmed in the United States
Monkeypox vaccines are available, but supplies are strained.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 191,000 doses has so far been supplied to state and city health departments. HHS says the federal government will have close to 7 million doses by mid-2023.
WHO declares monkeypox a public health emergency: NPR
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