BREAKING: State of Emergency Declared

( – HAPPENING NOW: The United States government declared a state of emergency over the monkeypox virus just moments ago.

As National Review notes:

“The Biden administration declared the current outbreak of monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday after three states had declared the disease an emergency.

“We are prepared to take our response to the next level,” Health Secretary Xavier Becerra said on a media call Thursday, according to ABC News. “And I ask each American to take monkeypox seriously.”

In a conference call with reporters on Thursday afternoon, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said:

“I want to make an announcement today that I will be declaring a public health emergency.

“We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus.”

“We urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility and help us tackle this virus.”

According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky:

“Importantly, this declaration will also help us continue to expand public health’s ability to expedite data sharing so that we can have comprehensive and timely data available to inform public health decisions.”


“The declaration will last 90 days unless Becerra extends it and will increase HHS’s ability to secure funds and personnel to deal with the disease.

“The first case of monkeypox was confirmed in the U.S. on May 18, and the number of cases has since grown to 6,617 probable or confirmed cases, according to the CDC’s website.”

The Biden administration claims it has made 1.1 million doses of the monkeypox vaccine available, and 600,000 doses have already been administered.


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