Monkeypox can be eradicated in the US, says White House

Monkey pox can be eradicated in the United States , says the White House


The White House said Sunday that the monkeypox epidemic could be “eliminated” from the United States with more vaccines and screening tests available, as the WHO has issued its highest level of alert on this disease. 

“The plan is to eliminate the virus from the United States. We can do this,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Ashish Jha said on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”

“We acted quickly,” he said, responding to criticism that health authorities reacted too late since the first cases in May, before the virus spread, the vast majority among men who have sex with women. men.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dashboard as of July 22, 2,890 cases have been detected since the first case in the United States. Monkeypox is characterized by fever, rash, and usually heals on its own, but the disease can cause severe pain.

New York City (nearly 800 cases), protested the lack of vaccines and a Democratic representative in the House of Representatives, Adam Schiff, judged that the federal government was “not up to the task of the necessary response”.

“When we started two months ago, we had a limited supply of vaccines replied Ashish Jha, “but we got more than any other country.” “Now we have more than 300,000. We will distribute hundreds of thousands in the coming days and weeks,” he continued, referring to nearly 800,000 doses of Jynneos vaccine which were blocked in Denmark. pending an inspection by the US Medicines Agency (FDA).

On Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the highest level of alert in an attempt to contain the outbreak of cases worldwide.

Since early May, when it was detected outside of African countries where it is endemic, more than 16,836 cases have been detected in 74 countries, according to the CDC.