monkeypox Cases continue to decline in the United States, but public health officials are now concerned that the virus is making its way into communities of color.
The White House’s monkeypox response coordinator, Bob Fenton, said at a media briefing Thursday that new case numbers have fallen by about half since early August.
Fenton attributed the decline in new cases to vaccination and education efforts across the country, noting that a beta program Targeting large pride events delivered nearly 11,000 doses of the vaccine.
“In places like Atlanta, where we have worked closely with the public health community to increase vaccinations and information about events like Black Pride, the rate of new cases has steadily decreased,” Fenton said. “In Washington, new cases are down an average of 20% per week since they peaked in mid-July.”
As of September 14, there were approximately 23,000 cases of monkeypox specified In the United States, of the more than 59,600 cases detected globally in 103 countries, Dr. Rochelle Walinsky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a White House briefing.
Walinsky added that while the growth in new cases has generally been down, “over the past several weeks, we’ve also seen the racial and ethnic makeup of this outbreak evolve.”
Dr Dimitri Daskalakis, deputy coordinator of the World Health Organization, said monkeypox cases are now “concentrated in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men of color,” causing the number of cases to rise in certain parts of the United States even as it spreads in all over the country. The White House response to monkeypox.
“While monkeypox cases were first seen mostly in non-Hispanic white men, in the past week, among the cases we had data on race and ethnicity, such as non-Hispanic black men 38% of cases. Hispanic or Hispanic men accounted for 25%. of cases, and non-Hispanic white men account for 26% of the cases.”
Walinsky said that more than 540,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been administered so far white people They got the most doses.
“Whites represent about 47% of people who received their first dose. Hispanics account for about 21%, and blacks account for about 12%,” Walinsky said, noting that those numbers are disproportionately lower for race and ethnicity than for new cases.
In response, the White House opened a new area Equity Pilot Program for Monkey Pox Vaccineaiming to expand access to a vaccine color communities In the places hardest hit by the virus, Daskalakis said.
“It is critical that education, vaccines, testing and treatment are equally accessible to all populations, particularly those most affected by this outbreak,” Walinsky said.
American scientists also continue to research monkeypoxIn terms of transmission, testing and vaccines, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“As we implement the interventions we have, at the same time we are still pursuing some unanswered questions,” Fauci said.
One clinical trial focused on the intradermal administration of Jynneos . Vaccine, He said. by injection Serum Into the skin, doctors can extend one vial to five doses. But this trial is also testing to see if a single vial can extend up to 10 doses, Fauci noted.
“If it’s actually from one to 10 treatments, it would immediately double the amount of doses available internationally,” he said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about Capital Pilot Program in Monkey Pox Vaccine.
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