California declares state of emergency over monkey pox outbreak

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) talks to reporters after meeting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, July 15, 2022.

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California has declared a state of emergency over the rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak, the third US state to do so in days.

Governor Gavin Newsom said the emergency declaration would help support the state’s vaccination efforts. The demand for the vaccines has outstripped the supply as the number of infections increases. Employees at sexual health clinics and other locations are struggling to keep up with the influx of people seeking the injections.

California is mobilizing emergency medical personnel to help administer monkeypox vaccines.

‚ÄúCalifornia is urgently working at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach. ,” Newsom said.

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