US President Joe Biden's administration has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. As per the reports, monkeypox cases have crossed 6,600 in the United States.

The US government had through mid-July distributed 1,56,000 monkeypox vaccine doses nationwide. It has ordered an additional 2.5 million doses of the Bavarian Nordic vaccine.

   

US mulls declaring monkeypox a public health emergency

WHAT?

US President Joe Biden's administration has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency soon.

WHY?

As per the reports, monkeypox cases have crossed 6,600 in the United States.

WHO?

The declaration would come from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, who is expected to discuss the plan at an afternoon briefing, the Post reported.

The declaration would free up additional funding, the Washington Post reported.

President Biden on August 2 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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First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches, and pus-filled skin lesions, and people tend to recover from it within two to four weeks.