Monkeypox: California declares state of emergency

Monkeypox: California declares state of emergency

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency over the monkeypox outbreak.

This was to boost California’s efforts to secure vaccines and manage the outbreak.

California is the second state to make an emergency declaration after New York.

The state will ensure those at risk would be the focus of vaccine efforts, using testing, contact tracing and community partnerships.

Over 800 cases have been confirmed in California. Los Angeles and San Francisco have the most cases.

The state so far has received 61,000 doses of the vaccine and distributed over 25,000 vaccine doses.

The JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. The second dose should be taken 4 weeks after the first dose.

The country may need $7 billion to address the monkeypox outbreak.