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Ashish Jha said, “There is a plan to eliminate this virus from America. I think we can do that.”

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The White House said on Sunday it is confident officials can “eliminate” monkeypox from the United States by accelerating the rollout of vaccinations and treatments to combat the spread of the virus.

“I think monkeypox can be completely contained,” Dr Ashish Jha, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, told CBS News talk show “Face the Nation.”

“We have acted swiftly,” Jha said, hitting back at allegations that President Joe Biden’s administration was caught flat-footed when cases began to emerge in US states more than two months ago.

He said Washington has carried out a “very significant” ramp-up of its response, including the recent acquisition of some 800,000 vaccine doses from Denmark, since the start of the US outbreak in May, when the monkeypox vaccine stockpile was limited. Were.

Jha said, “There is a plan to eliminate this virus from America. I think we can do that.”

The World Health Organization on Saturday declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency, affecting nearly 17,000 people in 74 countries.

US lawmakers and mayors have complained of the Biden administration’s response, including House Democrat Adam Schiff, who this week wrote to the nation’s health secretary to warn that “the federal government is falling short of the response it deserves.” the wanted.”

The epicenter of the US outbreak is New York City, where most of the cases recorded are among men who have sex with men.

Jha acknowledged that the virus is spreading extensively in the gay-male community, but stressed that “there are other people who are at risk,” particularly those who have been in close personal contact with infected people.

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