The World Health Organization’s decision that today’s monkeypox outbreak is a public health emergency of global concern is a call to action for the global community to stop the spread of the virus. A coordinated, global response is essential to stop the spread of monkeypox, protect communities at high risk of contracting the disease, and prevent the current outbreak.
Since the early days of the outbreak, the Biden administration has laid out a strong and comprehensive strategy to prevent monkeypox here in America, including dramatically improving vaccine procurement, distribution and production, expanding access to testing and treatment, and community outreach. Very susceptible to the virus. But this is not enough. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, we must step up our efforts to aggressively fight this virus and protect communities affected by rabies in the United States.