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U.S Declares Monkeypox Outbreak A Public Health Emergency

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United States has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra made the announcement on Thursday, a move expected to free up additional funding and tools to fight the disease.

The World Health Organization has also declared monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” its highest alert level. The WHO declaration last month was designed to trigger a coordinated international response and could unlock funding to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.

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The American President, Joe Biden on Tuesday, appointed two top federal officials to coordinate his administration’s response to monkeypox, following declarations of emergencies by California, Illinois and New York.

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The cases have crossed 6,600 in the United States, as of Wednesday and almost all of them are among men who have sex with men.

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