Monkeypox Crisis: National Health Emergency Declaration Could Unlock Treatment Resources

Monkeypox Crisis: National Health Emergency Declaration Could Unlock Treatment Resources

Published August 6, 2022
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The decision by federal authorities to declare a national public health emergency due to the growing monkeypox outbreak may increase response funding and lead to greater availability of vaccines and treatments. 

The emergency declaration by the Department of Health and Human Services followed similar moves by California and San Francisco meant to mobilize resources, streamline coordination and ease contracting requirements. 

Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at UCSF, said the declaration might be able to help patients access the antiviral treatment TPOXX more easily and provide a pathway to boost production of the Jynneos vaccine. 

“By declaring a public health emergency, we hope the federal government will speed up the distribution of vaccines that San Francisco urgently needs,” a spokesperson for San Francisco’s Department of Public Health said in a statement.