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Monkeypox in California: Governor Gavin Newsom declares a state of emergency for the virus and plans to intensify the response


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to bolster California’s response to the monkeypox virus, including testing, vaccines and public education.

“California is working urgently at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and strengthened community partnerships during the pandemic to ensure those most at risk are our priority for vaccines, treatment and awareness,” Newsom said in a press release.

“We will continue to work with the federal government to get more vaccines, raise awareness about harm reduction, and stand with the LGBTQ community to fight stigma.”

The proclamation allows emergency medical services personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines that are FDA-approved.

The state said its strategies developed during the COVID-19 pandemic helped lay the groundwork for its response to monkeypox.

California has administered 25,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine so far and plans to acquire more in the days and weeks ahead and will also ramp up testing in partnership with local labs.

The state also said access to the prescription antiviral drug to treat monkeypox, tecovirimat (TPOXX), is still limited, but the treatment can now be administered at more than 30 facilities and providers across the state. .

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