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To tackle monkeypox outbreak, US calls for coordinated global response

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Monkeypox has been declared a global health emergency by the WHO.

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After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Saturday, the White House said a coordinated international response is needed to end the spread of monkeypox and protect communities.

Raj Punjabi, director of the White House Epidemic Preparedness Office, commenting on the WHO’s announcement, said, “A coordinated, international response is essential to halting the spread of monkeypox, protecting communities at greatest risk of contracting the disease and preventing the current outbreak.” necessary to deal with.”

A White House statement quoted Punjabi as saying, “The World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to declare the current monkeypox outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern calls for the world community to take action to stop the spread of the virus.” is called.” ,

Speaking on the Biden administration’s response to the outbreak, the official said, “Since the early days of the outbreak, the Biden administration has deployed a robust and comprehensive strategy to combat monkeypox here in the US, including dramatically increasing procurement.” is included. , distribution and production of vaccines, expanding access to testing and treatments, and communicating with communities that are most at risk of contracting the virus.”

However, given the evolving situation, he said, “But this is not enough. As stated by the Department of Health and Human Services, we must do our part to aggressively combat this virus and protect communities in the United States.” Must accelerate. Affected by monkeypox.”

Meanwhile, the United States could see more cases of monkeypox before the numbers drop, Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Friday.

“With the scale of testing, with the scale of the information, we anticipate that there will be more cases before they decrease,” Valensky told The Washington Post.

Valensky said the CDC currently doesn’t have any specific estimates on how serious the situation may be. “I don’t think we have a stable estimate now,” said the director.

But the director notes that the United States detected two monkeypox cases in children for the first time on Friday. The CDC said in a statement that the two cases are unrelated and likely the result of domestic transmission.

The agency said the children are in good health and are being treated. They’re both doing well, but they’ve had contact with other people, and the CDC is tracking that, Valensky said.

According to CDC data, as of July 22, there have been more than 2,800 confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases overall in the United States.

White House COVID-19 response coordinator, Dr Ashish Jha said the government has distributed 300,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine and is working to expedite shipment of 7,86,000 more doses from Denmark.

He said there is already enough vaccine to provide the first vaccine dose to more than half the eligible population in New York City and more than 70 percent of the eligible population in Washington DC.

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that is usually spread through body fluids, respiratory droplets, and other contaminants. The disease usually results in fever, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

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