Biden admin set to declare Monkeypox a public health emergency

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The Biden administration is expected to declare monkeypox a public health emergency as cases of the infectious disease continue to soar across the US.

Several media outlets reported the decision could come as soon as Thursday, citing senior administration officials.

The move would bolster the federal government’s response to the growing outbreak, freeing up funding for vaccinations and treatments.

It would also allow more workers to be hired to manage the outbreak, and follows public emergency declarations in New York, Illinois and California.

The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 6,617 cases have been recorded in 48 states, as of Wednesday.

Politico reported that a memo circulated by the Department of Health and Human Services calling for an emergency declaration had received support from all of the US health agencies.

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