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Monkeypox is declared a US health emergency, freeing up funding

While demand for Danish firm Bavarian Nordic’s monkeypox vaccine soars in the country, officials declare the outbreak a national health crisis in the hope that it might still be contained.

Bavarian Nordic's vaccine requires two shots to be fully effective but local health officials in the US are limiting the regimen to one, to get as many shots in arms as possible | Photo: Bavarian Nordic / PR

US health officials declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a step aimed at raising access to treatments, services and funds to fight the virus, and are eyeing ways of extending available doses as demand for vaccines outstrips supply.

“We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday in a press conference. “We urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus.”

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