San Francisco and New York State started raising the alarm on Thursday, and federal officials are currently debating whether to declare a national public health emergency about the monkeypox outbreak. As a result of the enormous demand for the vaccine, San Francisco became the first significant US city to declare a local health emergency about monkeypox.
According to a statement from Mayor London Breed’s office, the declaration, which takes effect on Monday, is a legal move that enables municipal agencies to mobilise and cooperate more successfully. Additionally, it permits future state and federal compensation.
Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax stated, “We need to be prepared, and this proclamation will allow us to better serve the city.” “We have learned from our reaction to COVID-19 that it is critical that we activate city resources. The declaration enables us to make sure we have all the resources necessary to improve our outreach, screening, and treatment, particularly for LGBTQ+ people who continue to be most at risk for monkeypox.”
San Francisco public health officer, Dr. Susan Philip, continued, “We have always been at the forefront of advocacy and action for LGBTQ+ health, and I’m issuing this declaration to reaffirm our commitment to the wellbeing of these communities and to enable us to move more quickly to obtain and distribute the resources needed to help those who are disproportionately impacted.” While California has recorded 799 cases of monkeypox overall, the San Francisco Department of Public Health has identified 261 instances within the city.