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August 5, 2022

White House Declares Public Health Emergency

The Biden administration has officially declared a public health emergency over monkeypox.

“We are prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Robert Fenton, the Biden administration’s national coordinator for the monkeypox response, said the declaration “will allow us to explore additional strategies to get vaccines and treatments work quickly out to the impacted communities.”

“And it will allow us to get more data from jurisdictions so we can effectively track and attack this outbreak,” Fenton said.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee, criticized the Biden administration’s response to the outbreak, saying it should have been swifter.

“A communicable disease outbreak following so closely on the heels of COVID-19 should be met with a swift, decisive, and organized response. Instead, HHS is repeating the exact same mistakes they made during the pandemic: painfully slow to begin testing, wholly disorganized in distributing vaccines and treatments, and messaging that’s confusing and outdated,” Burr said.

Meanwhile, House Democrats praised the White House’s announcement.

“This critical step will allow the Biden Administration to build on the progress it has already made to expand the availability of vaccines, testing, and treatment nationwide,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the move was “welcome news.”

“As we learned from the COVID crisis, we must act swiftly and decisively to get ahead and stay ahead of this virus,” Pelosi said.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly all of the 6,600+ monkeypox cases in the U.S. are among men who have sex with men, The Hill reported. The outlet noted that roughly a third of the cases are in New York state.

8 comments on White House Declares Public Health Emergency

  1. so you ALREADY have a vaccine for monkey pox
    kind of strange vaccine soooooo fast
    only 6,000 cases in us no one died
    is this another planned like covid
    small pox family along with chicken pox

  2. Disgusted says:

    The fake white house can stick it up their a$$, or maybe we should stick it their a$$! The vax was a failure before, it will be again.

  3. Evman says:

    What % of the population includes men having sex with men? So why consider taking action against the general population to address this illness? Focus the solution on those most likely to have the problem. This approach would be logical and reasonable. Leave the rest of us alone!!!

    1. In a country with over 330 million people and we have 6,600 cases of Monkeypox and the government wants to call this a public health emergency ? i don’t see an emergency just the government wanting more control over its citizens. When does the government ever solve any problem by being logical and reasonable?

  4. hank says:

    Another election infection what the democrats wont do to rigged an election.

    1. Theresa says:

      This is total disgrace . If we dont stand up for ourselves we will be totally controlled by these evil people remember the nuremberg code . DEFEND YOURSELVES!!!! God help us !!!

  5. GARY says:

    CALIFORNIA WISCONSON REALL Y GO FIGURE GUYS WHO HAVE SEX WITH GUYS FU*K EM ALL , LIKE I CARE *SCAM AGAIN ) NEVER WORE A MASK AND WENT EVERYWHERE FOR LAST BS NEVER GOT SIICK!! ARGUED WITH A FEW PEOPLE,, FIRST AMENDMENT ITS OUR COUNTRY HOW LONG WILL PEOPLE BE SHEEP AND WAIT FOR TRUMP AND THE PATRIOTS ,,

    STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELEAVE IN , CDC IS BS TOO

    BOSTON TEA PARTY DID WE FORGET WHAT LITTLE IT TOOK TO FIGHTFOR OUR RIGHTS,

  6. Blue Skies says:

    Folks! Educate yourselves regarding monkeypox. Don’t panic and don’t be sucker punched by the government—–again!

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