As the number of instances of the viral illness continues to climb in the United States, the City of San Francisco, California, on Thursday declared a public health emergency about the monkeypox outbreak.
According to a report by Breitbart News, London Breed, the Democratic mayor of San Francisco, declared that the bill would go into force on August 1. There are currently at least 260 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the city.
“San Francisco is declaring a Local Public Health Emergency for monkeypox. This declaration will go into effect starting August 1 and will allow us to prepare and dedicate resources to prevent the spread,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said.
“This virus impacts everyone, but our LGBTQ community is seeing significant cases and we need action; we need more vaccines.”
This virus impacts everyone, but our LGBTQ community is seeing significant cases and we need action, we need more vaccines.
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— London Breed (@LondonBreed) July 28, 2022
The action comes after the World Health Organization declared the spread of monkeypox to be an emergency of global health.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the United States has the highest number of cases in the globe (CDC). In the United States, 3,500 instances have been verified.
Several Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), have voiced their displeasure at the lack of monkeypox vaccines.
“I don’t know why there aren’t more vaccines available,” Schiff told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. “I’m hearing from health care providers in my district that there are people lining up to get vaccinated, and they don’t have the vaccines for them, and that is a real problem.
“As I think you indicated, we really don’t know the future course of this virus. But what we do now, early on, just as was the case with the pandemic, will determine just how bad this may get.”
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“I want to light a fire under the administration and get them to make sure that we up production, that we up distribution and that people that are ready and willing and able to get vaccinated have the ability to protect themselves,” the lawmaker added.
White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci stated this week that the Biden administration is actively considering declaring the spread of Monkeypox an emergency.