Monkey pox: rise in cases in New York, which wants to vaccinate faster

Monkey pox: Cases rise in New York, who wants to vaccinate faster

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New York City, faced with rising monkeypox cases and strong demand for vaccines, said Wednesday it has alerted federal authorities to the “urgency” to expand vaccinations against this disease which mainly affects homosexual people. 

The largest American city – between 8 and 9 million inhabitants – considered a capital for the defense of LGBTQ + rights, officially recorded 336 “probable” cases of monkey pox on Wednesday, against 267 the day before and 223 on Monday, figures that do not reflect the entirety of a “growing epidemic”, according to the New York Department of Health.

On Tuesday, the health services had to apologize after numerous failures on the vaccine booking website, “overwhelmed by traffic”, despite 1,250 appointment slots being available, sparking protests and frustration on social networks.

In this context, the city's Democratic Mayor, Eric Adams, indicated that he had a telephone meeting with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) to “discuss the supply constraints New York City faces and the urgency to expand immunization to more people, in more neighborhoods, with more partners and providers.”

“We have also expressed our commitment to quickly address the current shortage with the necessary funds, commensurate with the health burden on New York, the epicenter of the monkeypox epidemic,” added Eric. Adams in a statement.

New York was due to receive 14,500 doses from the U.S. government this week, adding to nearly 7,000 received since June 23.

Vaccination, which is carried out in two doses, is for the moment reserved in priority “for homosexual, bisexual men, or other men who have sex with men, transgender or non-binary people”, recalled the health services. This is the population most at risk of being infected, especially through contact or sexual relations.

Non-lethal, monkeypox disease causes skin rashes that may look like pimples or blisters and flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and fatigue.