Mpox Virus

Biden administration will allow mpox emergency declaration to end in January

The US Department of Health and Human Services stated Friday that it did not intend to renew the public emergency declaration of public health for mpox.

The agency released a statement saying that it will be focusing on the support of jurisdictions and the Department in the coming 60 days to ensure that the expiration date for the PHE does not hamper response efforts. “The expiration of the PHE will signal that we have left the emergency phase of this outbreak and are now focusing on the urgent work of providing support and treatment to those who are at risk so we can make progress towards a durable end to mpox transmission.”

The World Health Organization declared Monday that “mpox”, the preferred name for the virus and its illness, was chosen to combat potential discrimination and stigma. Due to the continuing transmission, gaps and research, and unequal access to vaccines, the group continues to declare this outbreak a public health emergency.

In early August, the US declared the disease. There was criticism that the government had not acted quickly enough to control the outbreak which has mostly affected men who had sex.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 29603 reported cases and 17 deaths as of Thursday afternoon. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven cases per day are reported now, compared with 600 in early August.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra stated in a Friday statement that “HHS doesn’t expect to need to renew the emergency declaration because of the low number today.” “But we won’t let our feet stop at the pedal – we will continue monitoring the case trends closely, and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a vaccine for free.

HHS took three weeks to confirm the US case before ordering bulk stock of the mpox vaccine. This was partly due to concerns about the vaccine’s shelf life.

Since then, more than 855,000 Jynneos vials have been sent to all 50 states. Healthcare workers can receive up to five doses of the Jynneos vaccine intradermally.

President Joe Biden appointed Bob Fenton, a regional Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, and Dr. DemetreDaskalakis, director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC, as the White House’s coordinators for the mpox response to August.

According to an administration official, Friday’s appointments were crucial in the fight against the virus. He spoke on Friday under anonymity about the intradermal vaccination strategy and outreach efforts to communities most at risk.

Officials will monitor any shifts in the outbreak to determine if the response must be increased again. However, officials anticipate that case rates will remain low or even fall further.

The appointments of Fenton and Daskalakis are not tied to an emergency declaration. They will continue as is data collection and other flexibilities.

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