New York Governor: Monkeypox is an ‘Emergency’

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued an executive order on Friday to declare a state of emergency in connection with the outbreak of monkeypox.

New York is the epicenter outbreaks in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are currently 1,345 confirmed cases of monkeypox and orthopoxvirus in Empire State.

“After reviewing the latest data on the New York state monkeypox outbreak, I am declaring a state of emergency for natural disasters to step up our active efforts to control this outbreak,” the leader said in a statement.

“More than one in four cases of monkeypox in this country are in New York State, and we must use every tool in our arsenal as we respond. It is especially important to recognize that this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on at-risk groups. That’s why my team and I are working around the clock to get more vaccines, expand testing capacity and responsibly educate the public on how to stay safe during this outbreak,” she said.


New York Governor Katie Hochul.

New York Governor Katie Hochul.
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Hochul tweeted that the order would allow the state government to “respond more quickly” and help the state’s vaccination efforts.

In particular, the order expands the circle of people eligible to vaccinate, including ambulance personnel, pharmacists and midwives.

It also allows physicians and registered nurse practitioners to issue standing orders for non-patient specific vaccines and requires vendors to submit vaccine data to the New York State Department of Health.

Empire State Health Commissioner Thursday declared monkeypox “an imminent threat public health.”

People line up to receive monkeypox vaccinations in New York on July 14.

People line up to receive monkeypox vaccinations in New York on July 14.
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“Based on the continued spread of this virus, which has grown rapidly to primarily affect communities that self-identify as men who have sex with men, and the need for local jurisdictions to introduce vaccines, I have declared monkeypox an immediate global public health threat. . State of New York, State Health Commissioner Dr. This is stated in a statement by Mary T. Bassett. “This declaration means that local health departments involved in response and prevention activities will be able to access additional state reimbursements after other federal and state funding sources are fully deployed to protect all New Yorkers and, in ultimately limit the spread of monkeypox in our communities.”

Hochul then announced that 110.00 doses of monkeypox vaccine have been secured for the state to be delivered within the next four to six weeks.

Minister of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra speaks June 28, 2022 in Washington DC.

Minister of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra speaks June 28, 2022 in Washington DC.
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Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced on Thursday that an additional 786,000 doses of the vaccine will be rolled out across the country.

“Our goal is to get ahead of this virus and end this outbreak. We have a strategy in place to roll out these additional vaccine doses in a way that protects those at risk and limits the spread of the virus, and work with states to ensure a fair and equitable distribution,” he said. “These vaccines are the result of years of federal investment and planning.”

By phone, Becerra told reporters the same day that the Biden administration believes it has “done everything federally possible to work with … state and local partners and affected communities to make sure we can get ahead of this and end this outbreak.” .


The Associated Press contributed to this report.