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The monkeypox outbreak continues to grow in the United States without so far representing a health emergency and thanks to the measures that are being implemented, the authorities are confident that it will be contained soon.
In this regard, the doctor Ashish Jha, White House coronavirus response coordinator, assured that the vaccination strategy implemented so far is adequate.
“I believe that monkeypox can be absolutely contained”indicated the specialist in an interview granted to the CBS News program Face the Nation.
Ashish also rejected accusations that the administration of President Joe Biden was caught off guard when the first cases appeared in the United States a couple of months ago.
“We responded quickly. The plan is to eliminate this virus from the United States. I think we can do it.
I think monkeypox can be contained. Definitely. And the way to do it is with a very simple and direct strategy, which is to make the tests accessible. We’ve done it. And now they are much more frequent and habitual”, she emphasized.
Purchase of vaccines from Denmark
The doctor also said that since the start of the virus outbreak in May, when monkeypox vaccine reserves were limited, Washington bought 800,000 doses of vaccine from Denmark.
“We have intensified vaccinations, treatments and tests, and we will continue to evaluate all kinds of possibilities. Right now I think we can contain it, but obviously if we need new tools we’ll turn to them,” he said.
According to the data handled by Ashish Jha, the American Union has the capacity to carry out 80,000 tests a week and “more than 300,000 vaccines” are available, to which “hundreds of thousands in the coming days and weeks.”
Likewise, Ashish Jha recognized that in addition to what is being done in the country, it is necessary for a global level to work in a coordinated manner to protect the most vulnerable sectors from becoming infected.
“A coordinated, international response is essential to slow the spread of monkeypox, protect communities most at risk of contracting the disease, and combat the current outbreak,” he said.
So far, New York City is where the largest number of cases of men infected in the country for having homosexual relationships is registered. However, the White House coronavirus response coordinator reiterated that “other people are also at risk, especially those who are in close contact with someone who is infected.”
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