According to the Health and Human Services secretary Xavier Becerra said that the United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move that should free up funds, assist in data gathering and deploy additional personnel in the fight against the disease.
As per details, Xavier Becerra said that “We’re 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,”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The U.S. has confirmed more than 6,600 cases of monkeypox in 48 states, Washington, D.C, and Puerto Rico as of Thursday, The real number of infections is likely higher than the official data because patients can only get tested after they develop a rash, which can take a week or more after the initial exposure to the virus.
Meanwhile, The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced health emergency on disease, The WHO label a “public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)” – is designed to trigger a coordinated international response and could unlock funding to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told that the members of an expert committee that met on Thursday to discuss the potential recommendation were split on the decision, with nine members against and 6 in favour of the declaration, prompting Tedros himself to break the deadlock.
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