California governor declares monkeypox a state of emergency

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency to speed up efforts to combat the monkeypox outbreak, becoming the second state in three days to take the move.

Governor Gavin Newsom said the announcement would help the state coordinate the government’s broader response, lead efforts to find more vaccines, and educate people to get treatments and vaccines.

“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness to reduce risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community,” Newsom said in a statement announcing her announcement.

The monkeypox virus is spread through prolonged and close skin-to-skin contact, which may include hugging, hugging and kissing, as well as sharing bedding, towels and clothing. So far those who have gotten sick have mainly been men who have sex with men, although health officials say the virus can infect anyone.

The type of monkeypox virus identified in this outbreak is rarely fatal, and people usually recover within weeks. But sores and blisters caused by the virus are painful, and can block swallowing or bowel movements in the throat or anus.

California came after similar announcements in New York state on Saturday and in San Francisco on Thursday. Newsom’s administration said as recently as Friday that it was too soon for such an announcement.

After pressuring Newsom to make such a declaration, Democratic State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco praised the governor’s decision.

“The monkeypox outbreak is an emergency, and we need to use every tool we can to control it,” Weiner said.

Newsom’s announcement allows emergency medical personnel to receive monkeypox vaccines that are approved by the federal government.

This is similar to a recent law that allows pharmacists to administer vaccines, Newsom’s administration said. It said the state’s response is building on steps developed during the coronavirus pandemic to establish vaccination clinics and ensure access to vulnerable populations in collaboration with local and community-based organizations.

California has received more than 61,000 vaccine doses and distributed more than 25,000 doses.

Till last week, the state had expanded its testing capacity to process over 1,000 tests a week.

In San Francisco, Peter Tran was among hundreds of people who lined up for hours to receive the monkeypox vaccine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Monday after being forced to close the clinic last week because it was given a sufficient dose. was not found.

“It’s awful. Like it’s a vaccine that’s been out for so long. And like, it’s not even a deadly disease. It’s harder to transmit than COVID. But the rollout of vaccines across the country is absolutely terrifying, Tran said.

“I think the science shows that there’s a lot of improvement in protection with vaccines. That’s why I’m doing it. And I honestly don’t want wounds on my body.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital chief medical officer Dr. LukeJohn Day said the city received about 4,000 doses on Friday and expects to administer them by the middle of the week.

He said the city had 305 cases till Monday.

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Associated Press videographer Terry Chee contributed from San Francisco.

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