Monkeypox cases have continued to rise, and many are scared of this very contagious illness, especially since we are barely recovering from a global pandemic.
Fortunately, the U.S. will soon receive 800,000 more monkeypox vaccine doses. Unfortunately, 800,000 is still not enough.
"After weeks of delays, nearly 800,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine will soon be available for distribution, U.S. health regulators said Wednesday." —Matthew Perrone (Associated Press)
The sad truth is that many feel as though this action has been taken too late and officials should have prepared earlier than they did.
After all, monkeypox appears to be a notoriously infectious disease, and is already spreading rapidly.
"The announcement comes amid growing criticism that authorities have been too slow in deploying the vaccine, potentially missing the window to contain what could soon become an entrenched infectious disease." —Matthew Perrone
It's not like every effort isn't going into providing enough vaccines for the impacted cities, but the demand is simply too high to meet.
"Nearly two weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration said it had finished the necessary inspections at Bavarian Nordic’s facility in Denmark, where the company fills vials of the vaccine. The FDA said via Twitter on Wednesday that the certification has been finalized. The doses are already in the U.S. 'so that they would be ready to be distributed once the manufacturing changes were approved,' the agency said. The U.S. already has sent more than 310,000 doses of the two-shot Jynneos vaccine to state and local health departments. But clinics in San Francisco, New York and other major cities say they still don’t have enough shots to meet demand." —Matthew Perrone
Meanwhile, monkeypox cases are spreading wildly, infecting large portions of the population.
"More than 4,600 monkeypox cases were reported in the U.S. as of late Wednesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that officials would announce more vaccine allocations on Thursday." —Matthew Perrone
Many cities are running short on supply, but are doing their best to protect residents.
"Officials at the San Francisco Department of Health welcomed the news, saying they need many thousands more doses than the 7,800 they have received. Washington, D.C., officials said Wednesday they would join their counterparts in San Francisco, New York City and other cities who have stopped offering appointments for a second vaccine due to short supply. They said the single-dose strategy would allow them to 'vaccinate more people at risk and slow the spread of monkeypox in the community more quickly.'" —Matthew Perrone
Monkeypox spreads through skin-on-skin contact but can also infect someone using the same linens as someone else.
The vast majority of cases have been the result of men sleeping with other men—which should be a caution to many members of the LGBTQ+ community, including bisexual women—but, of course, this should not warrant discrimination and literally anyone is susceptible to the disease.