New York City health officials have reported nearly doubling the number of confirmed cases of monkeypox in the past five days. Inoculation line extended for block.
New York City health officials said 618 people had tested positive for orthopoxvirus as of July 18, and all of them likely had monkeypox. This is higher than the 336 cases reported on July 13.
“Vaccine supply is low,” officials said. “NYC is receiving a limited number of doses from the federal government and we are making them available to New Yorkers as soon as possible.”
Officials added that there are currently no appointments available. “We will make more appointments available as we get more supplies.”
The lack of appointments didn’t stop people from lining up for the block on Sunday in anticipation of downing 1,400 doses of the monkeypox vaccine, independent journalist Karen Yee reported.
— Karen Yi (@karen_yi) July 17, 2022
On Monday, gay men in San Francisco protested the federal government’s “failure” to provide enough monkeypox vaccine to prevent the outbreak from becoming a major problem, Breitbart News’ Joel B. Pollack reported.
When President Joe Biden campaigned in 2020, he attacked the Trump administration for what he called a failed approach to the coronavirus pandemic. He and former President Barack Obama have claimed that Trump ignored a pandemic “playbook” left behind by previous administrations.
However, Breitbart News — which appeared to be the only outlet actually reading the so-called “playbook” — reported that it was less than advertised, with a few pages dealing with the international pandemic and mostly summarizing other documents.
Protesters in San Francisco were concerned that the Biden administration had failed to provide enough vaccines to prevent the monkeypox virus from becoming endemic in the community, noting that a vaccine was developed in 2019 but then “neglected.”
CDC officials reported that demand for the vaccine now outstrips the national supply, Politico reported.
“I want to acknowledge that the demand for vaccines from jurisdictions at this time exceeds our current available supply, and we know that’s frustrating,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing Friday. “We expect an increase in cases in the coming weeks.”
He described the vaccine supply shortage as “disappointing”.
Don O’Connell, US Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, added, “Although supplies of Genios vaccines have been limited recently, we’re starting to see an increase in supplies, and as it is, we’re going to get them. Dose out as quickly, efficiently and judiciously as possible.”
Monkeypox was a slowly expanding crisis; We had plenty of time to prepare. The fact that CDC has struggled with many parts of the response will prompt Congress to make fundamental changes in the scope and linkage of pandemic planning as a matter of national security. https://t.co/mUjZ2HeaOm
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@scottgottliebMD) July 15, 2022
Endpoints News reports that the FDA has approved an order for 2.5 million doses of the vaccine from Danish vaccine manufacturer Bavarian Nordic. Doses will be sent to strategic national stockpiles. Shipments are expected to begin later this month.