US declares a national health emergency over monkeypox outbreak - BBC News

US declares a national health emergency over monkeypox outbreak – BBC News

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The United States government declared a national public health emergency on Thursday over the monkeypox outbreak, at a time when nearly 7,000 cases are registered in the country.

With the initiative, the authorities hope to take the response to the disease “to the next level,” said the Secretary of Health, Xavier Becerra. The decision will allow the federal government to allocate more funds to deal with the wave of infections.

The agencies will be able to launch the development of new vaccines and treatments, as well as hire new specialized personnel.

“We encourage all Americans to take monkeypox seriously and take responsibility to help us deal with this virus,” the health secretary added in a call with reporters.

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