WASHINGTON (TBEN News) – The Biden administration declares a public health emergency for theoutbreak in the United States, which now has more infections from the virus than any other country in the world. Health and Human Services Minister Xavier Becerra announced the decision Thursday during a briefing with top public health officials.
“This public health emergency allows us to explore additional strategies to get vaccines and treatments to affected communities faster. And it will allow us to get more data from jurisdictions so we can effectively monitor and attack this outbreak,” Robert Fenton, the White House’s newly appointed National Coordinator for Monkeypox Control, said at the briefing.
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Over the past decade, nationwide emergency declarations like this one have been made before only for the COVID-19 pandemic, theand the in 2017.
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As for COVID-19, Becerra’s move to declare a state of emergency could unlock a wide range of flexibilities in funding and regulation to respond to the spread of monkeypox.
A related provision would open the door for the Food and Drug Administration to grant emergency authorizations that could facilitatefor the monkey pox outbreak.
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