Andy Stone is one of the lucky ones. New York City residents watched A tweet From a local AIDS activist who said that the monkeypox vaccine would be available at a clinic in Manhattan that day. Stone, 35, and her husband immediately booked online and received the vaccine last month.
“I want to do what I can to protect myself and others,” said Stone, a marketing consultant based in Brooklyn, who said his primary care physician advised him to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Hundreds of men who showed up without an appointment and waited in a line around the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic were not lucky that day. According to New York City Councilman Eric Butcher, the available 200 doses were running out fast, which includes the area around Chelsea in the district, who called for an emergency. More vaccines.
The first case of monkeypox in the United States was confirmed in mid-May. As the number of cases nationwide rose to 767 by July 9, public health experts saw a similarity between the government’s reluctant response to COVID-19.
“We’re in six weeks and we still have problems with the availability of tests and the supply of vaccines, all the problems we’ve seen with Covid,” said Greg Gonsalves, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.
Monkeypox (or Monkeypox) is not covid. Covid has killed more than 1 million Americans, but no one died of the monkeypox infection in the United States at the time of the current outbreak. People can’t get it just by walking into a room and breathing in the same air as an infected person.
The monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same family as smallpox, usually causes sores on the face, hands, feet, chest, or genitals, with fever and swollen lymph nodes. Until the wounds heal and heal, people can infect others through close physical contact or by touching things like a bed that comes in contact with the rash.
Humans usually recover from monkeypox within two to four weeks.
Most of the infections that have been identified so far are among men who have sex with men, and in most cases in Europe. But the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on July 1 that cases were being reported among other groups, such as family members, heterosexual contact, and children. According to the WHO, up to 10% of patients are hospitalized.
Two vaccines are available to protect humans from monkeypox, Genius and ACAM2000. Federal officials focus on prioritizing the delivery of Genius given in two doses at 28-day intervals, as it has fewer side effects and can be used in the case of immunocompromised people; ACAM2000 number
For now, however, vaccine delivery is declining, and front-line suppliers say it is only when they need it.
In recent days, federal officials have announced a three-pronged response to the outbreak of monkeypox, including increased rollout of the vaccine, easier access to testing, and a campaign to educate the public and providers about the disease and the vaccine. Especially those in the LGBTQ + community.
“While monkeypox poses a minimal risk to most Americans, we are doing our best to vaccinate people at high risk of contracting the virus,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Javier Besser. This is a statement. “This new strategy allows us to maximize the supply of currently available vaccines and reach those who are most at risk for the current outbreak.”
Initially, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that people be vaccinated only if they came in contact with someone infected with the virus. Federal guidelines have been extended to a much larger group, including men who have sex with men and multiple partners in areas where the virus has spread.
On July 1, the CDC said it had purchased additional doses of the Genius vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic A / S, bringing the total number of doses received in 2022 and 2023 to 4 million. On July 6, the federal government said it had distributed 41,520 “patient courses” of the vaccine in 42 trials.
New York City received the initial 1,000 doses that were made available to the Chelsea Clinic, but then received nothing more for about two weeks. In Washington, D.C., 300 vaccine appointments found at the end of June were filled in minutes.
In Los Angeles, as of July 1, 800 doses of the vaccine had been distributed to others infected with the disease. In a news release, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said it would provide more doses to high-risk groups as the vaccine supply increases.
In early July, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it had approved about 6,000 additional doses of the vaccine, which would be available to clinics in two cities. However, a software error prevents the appointment. They are scheduled to resume work next week. Twitter shows efforts to solve problems and annoys residents.
The city has recorded 160 suspected cases of monkeypox, officials said.
The dose for New York will be a drop in the ocean, advocates say. With three locations, the Callen-Lord Community Health Center initially serves 20,000 LGBTQ + patients, many of whom are interested in receiving the vaccine, center officials said.
“We are promoting the vaccine and working closely with patients to find access,” said Anthony Fortenberry, director of nursing at Callen-Lord. “But at the moment, there are very few vaccines available and it is much less than the demand.” They have treated 15 cases, three times more than the day before.
The Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to requests for information.
Epidemiologists say test gaps for the disease are also hampering the country’s ability to deal with the outbreak. Without extensive testing and the search for communication, the opportunity is unclear.
“Right now, we don’t know if it’s the tip of the iceberg,” said Jennifer Nujo, an epidemiologist at Brown University School of Public Health.
To date, the tests have been conducted by a network of public health laboratories and, according to some critics, require a complex procedure unfamiliar to many doctors.
As part of the expanded effort announced by federal officials, five large commercial labs will begin testing this month, dramatically increasing capacity.
But these systemic improvements now offer little comfort to those at risk.
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