U.S. to Distribute 144,000 Monkeypox Vaccines as Cases Rise Over 700

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will distribute 144,000 monkeypox vaccine doses as infections rise to more than 700 in the country.

The HHS said that 144,000 doses of the Jynneos vaccine will be distributed around the country starting Monday next week.

The number of cases of monkeypox in the United States on Thursday was 136 in California, followed by 131 in New York, 91 in Illinois, 72 in Florida, and 60 in Washington, D.C.

Monkeypox vaccines aren’t currently offered to the American general public; rather, persons in high-risk groups are receiving doses from numerous cities.

According to the New York State Department of Health, approximately 6,000 of the 8,200 vaccination doses New York has received as of late were allocated to the city of New York where citizens can make online appointments to secure vaccinations.

The city of Chicago in Illinois is set to receive 3,200 doses, while the rest of the state will receive 1,300 doses.

The HHS has committed to provide 1.9 million Jynneos doses this year and 2.2 million more in the first half of 2023.

Professor of epidemiology and global health at George Mason University, Amira Albert Roess told the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), that the US has a “very good chance at snuffing out this outbreak” if the proper authorities apply their knowledge and the resources “appropriately.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox has spread to 54 nations and territories where the virus is not endemic, with more than 7,200 cases worldwide.

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