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US plans to end monkeypox public health emergency in January

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The federal government plans to end the public health emergency it declared earlier this year in January after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the United States.

Mpox cases have plummeted in recent weeks, with only a handful of new infections reported each week in November, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the peak of the epidemic, during the summer, hundreds of people were infected every week.

The virus has mainly spread among men who have sex with infected men.

Test tubes labeled “Monkeypox virus positive and negative” are seen in this illustration taken May 23, 2022.
(REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustrations)

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The public health emergency is expected to end in January, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

“Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect to have to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023,” Becerra said. “But we won’t let go of the accelerator – we will continue to monitor case trends closely and encourage everyone at risk to get the vaccine for free.”

The United States struggled to contain the mpox outbreak for many months. Tests have been hard to come by and the government has botched its rollout of the vaccine, with weeks of delays in sending 800,000 vaccine doses to clinics in the hardest-hit major cities.

The tide began to turn in August, shortly after the government declared a public health emergency and the White House called in two senior officials – Robert Fenton, who led the COVID-19 vaccination effort from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis from the CDC – leading the response to the virus outbreak.

This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found in an infected cell (blue), cultured in a laboratory that has been captured and enhanced with color at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md.

This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found in an infected cell (blue), cultured in a laboratory that has been captured and enhanced with color at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md.
(NIAID via AP)

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Their strategy was to contact local clinics and vaccinate people at Pride events or parades. As the two-dose Jynneos vaccine became more readily available across the country, cases began to decline.

To date, 17 people have died from the virus in the United States

The end of the mpox public health emergency will be a test of sorts for the Biden administration as it prepares to declare an end to the COVID-19 public health emergency, which is expected to last at least until the 11th. January.

A healthcare worker prepares a monkeypox vaccine in Montreal, Saturday, July 23, 2022. On Thursday, San Francisco declared a state of emergency over the virus.

A healthcare worker prepares a monkeypox vaccine in Montreal, Saturday, July 23, 2022. On Thursday, San Francisco declared a state of emergency over the virus.
(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

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The administration gave no indication of when it will declare the end of the public health emergency related to the coronavirus, but promised to give at least 60 days notice.

Last month, the World Health Organization renamed monkeypox to mpox, citing concerns that the decades-old animal disease’s original name could be interpreted as discriminatory and racist.

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