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California declares state of emergency over monkey pox



Monkeypox was the subject of a state of emergency that Governor Gavin Newsom issued on Monday in an effort to support California’s efforts to obtain vaccines and control the outbreak. After New York, which did so over the weekend, California is the second state to declare an emergency due to the disease. San Francisco and New York City both proclaimed local emergencies.

California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox,” the governor said in a statement.

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Using testing, contact tracing, and community relationships established during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state will make sure that people who are most at risk for the disease are the focus of vaccine efforts, he said.


Epicenters for the virus have included New York and California.

Nearly 1,500 instances of monkeypox had been documented in New York City as of Monday, with the majority of cases affecting gay, bisexual, and other males who have sex with men.

As of Thursday, health officials in California had confirmed or suspected nearly 800 cases. The biggest cities are Los Angeles and San Francisco.

State health officials on Friday provided an update on the vaccination response but refrained from announcing a public health emergency, despite mounting pressure on the state to do so.

There hasn’t been a lot of availability of the vaccines needed to stop the disease’s spread. According to the Newsom administration, the state has so far gotten 61,000 doses of the vaccine from the federal government. The state has already delivered more than 25,000 doses of the vaccine and will continue to do so over the next several days and weeks.


The FDA-approved monkeypox vaccines can now be administered by Emergency Medical Services workers thanks to Monday’s proclamation, which is comparable to the recent law change that allows pharmacists to provide vaccinations.

Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who on Monday demanded a $38.5 million emergency budget appropriation to aid counties in combating monkeypox, applauded Newsom for declaring an emergency.

The epidemic of monkeypox is a crisis, and its management necessitates the employment of all available resources, according to Wiener.


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