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Biden Administration Declares Monkeypox a National Health Emergency

WASHINGTON DC, August 5, 2022 ~ Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared monkeypox a public health emergency in a Thursday briefing.

Over 6,600 probable or confirmed cases have been detected in the US, with cases appearing in every state except Montana and Wyoming since the first case in the nation was detected in May.


August 5, 2022 ~ 760 WJR Senior News Analyst tells Paul W. that Monkeypox has now been declared a public health emergency in the United States.

(CONTINUED) President Biden named Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Robert Fenton the White House‘s national monkeypox response coordinator, and CDC Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as the deputy coordinator.

The announcement comes a month after the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC. A PHEIC is defined by the WHO as an “extraordinary event” that is a “public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease” and will “potentially require a coordinated international response.”


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