White House confirms monkeypox outbreak can be contained

On Sunday, the White House said it was confident authorities could eradicate monkeypox in the United States by speeding up the deployment of vaccines and treatments to combat the spread of the virus.

“I think monkeypox can be completely contained,” Ashish Jaa, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told CBS News.

“We acted quickly,” Jha added, responding to the accusation by President Joe Biden’s administration that it was not prepared when the first cases began appearing in US states more than two months ago.

He pointed out that Washington has undertaken a “very significant” intensive response, including receiving about 800,000 doses of vaccine from Denmark since the outbreak in the United States in May, when supplies of monkeypox vaccine were limited.

Ashish Jaa noted that “the plan is to eradicate the virus in the United States,” adding, “I think we can achieve that.”

On Saturday, the World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency after it infected nearly 17,000 people in 74 countries.

US lawmakers and mayors have lamented the Biden administration’s response, including Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, who this week warned the health secretary that “the federal government is doing the wrong thing.”

Source: AFP.

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