California declares state of emergency over monkeypox

The state will ensure that those most at risk of contracting the disease are at the center of vaccination efforts, using the testing, contact tracing and community partnerships developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said. -he declares.

New York and California have been epicenters of the virus.

On Monday, New York City reported nearly 1,500 cases of monkeypox, with most cases occurring in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

Nearly 800 cases have been confirmed or suspected in California as of Thursday, according to health authorities. Los Angeles and San Francisco have the most cases.

As the state comes under increasing pressure to declare a public health emergency, On Friday, state health officials provided an update on the vaccine response but stopped short of making the statement.

Vaccines to help control the spread of the disease are rare. The state has so far received 61,000 doses of the vaccine from the federal government, according to the Newsom administration. The state has distributed more than 25,000 doses of vaccine and will make additional allocations in the days and weeks ahead.

Monday’s proclamation allows emergency medical services personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines that are FDA-approved, similar to the recently enacted legal authorization for pharmacists to administer vaccines.

Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who called Monday for an emergency budget appropriation of $38.5 million to help counties respond to monkeypox, Newsom praised for making the emergency declaration.

“The monkeypox outbreak is an emergency and we need to use all the tools at our disposal to control it,” Wiener said.


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