Monkeypox Emergency Declarations Explode as Biden Administration Flounders

An ever-growing list of states and municipalities are coming to grips with a stark conclusion — the Biden White House has no meaningful response to the monkeypox outbreak.

This silence comes as there are now over 5,800 confirmed or probable cases nationwide.

Los Angeles County is the latest U.S. entity to declare a local health emergency as hundreds are now infected. The county now has over 400 cases, up 83% in just a week. One of the monkeypox victims is a child in Long Beach.

The governors of California and Illinois this week made similar public health declarations, though the White House has said little about federal action to curb the outbreak. California reports over 800 cases statewide, and Illinois has over 500.

New York state declared an emergency Monday, and San Francisco made that call last week.

A vaccine has been available for monkeypox since 2019, but the administration has been noticeably silent on the surge. This comes after Biden claimed on the campaign trail that he and former President Barack Obama had a “playbook” to deal with such issues.

The move in California frees up emergency medical workers to dispense FDA-approved vaccines to contain monkeypox. This move is counteracted, however, by a shortage of vaccines and the delayed dispersal of antiviral treatments known to be effective.

Monkeypox is related to smallpox and causes flu-like symptoms in the infected. It also usually causes blister-like lesions that can spread and be painful.

Unlike COVID-19, it is spread through extremely close contact, such as skin-to-skin. It is also able to be spread from animals to humans.

In a bit of good news at the state level, New York, Illinois, and California are all using contact tracing, testing, and some of the medical infrastructure put in place to deal with coronavirus.

Weeks ago, California requested 600,000 to 800,000 monkeypox vaccine doses. So far, however, it has only received 61,000 and dispensed roughly 25,000. The federal reaction, critics charge, shows that little was learned even with dealing with coronavirus for two years.