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the Biden administration may Monkeypox to be declared a public health emergency in the coming days, according to reports.
Sources familiar with the matter told Politico that the announcement could be made as early as this week. Biden would have made such a statement. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) led by Secretary Xavier Becerra.
The declaration of a state of emergency will give HHS access to additional funds and increase staffing to address this issue. Becerra is expected to hold a press conference on monkeypox on Thursday morning.
Fox News reached out to HHS and the White House for comment, but received no response prior to publication.
The report comes just days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international outbreak of the monkeypox virus. global health crisis.
Officials in the US are sounding the alarm about monkeypox. Health departments in San Francisco and other major cities say they still don’t have enough vaccines to meet demand.
California MP Scott Wiener of San Francisco issued a statement calling on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency.
“Unfortunately, because our federal government was unable to quickly acquire the vaccine supplies needed to prevent an outbreak, we are now in a public health emergency that will only get worse,” Weiner said. “Given that gay, bisexual and transgender people have been hardest hit, it is sad to see that we are being left behind once again.”
The monkeypox virus is mainly spread by skin-to-skin contact, but it can also be spread through touching bedding used by an infected person. The vast majority of reported cases are among men who have sex with men, although health officials stress that anyone can contract the virus.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.