U.S. declares monkeypox a public health emergency (updated) (NASDAQ:SIGA)

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The Biden administration on Thursday declared the current monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency to mobilize resources and raise awareness to contain the rapidly spreading virus. The Washington Post previously reported on the government’s plans, citing two Officer.

“We stand ready to take our response to the next level in fighting this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said at a briefing.

A declaration of emergency is intended to raise awareness, free up additional flexibility and raise more funds to fight the viral disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US has confirmed more than 6,600 cases of monkeypox in the outbreak.

The designation will also allow the FDA to expedite approval of monkeypox prevention and treatment measures such as tests, therapeutics and vaccines, a provision the agency has relied heavily on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the CDC will also be able to access additional data on the outbreak from states and healthcare providers as part of an emergency declaration. Federal agencies like the CDC cannot require states to provide data on cases or immunizations under normal circumstances.

Monkeypox vaccine developers: Bavarian Nordic (OTCPK:BVNKF) (OTCPK:BVNRY), Emergent BioSolutions (EBS), Chimerix (CMRX)

Monkeypox Test Manufacturers: Co-Diagnostics (CODX), Roche (OTCQX:RHHBY) (OTCQX:RHHBF), Applied DNA Sciences (APDN), Virax Biolabs Group (VRAX)

Developers of monkeypox therapeutics: GeoVax Labs (GOVX), SIGA Technologies (NASDAQ:SIGA) and Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP).

On Monday, California and Illinois announced states of emergency over the monkeypox outbreak after the governor of New York made a similar decision last week.

Earlier this week, Biden appointed two senior federal officials to lead the US response to monkeypox. The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global public health emergency in late July. U.S. declares monkeypox a public health emergency (updated) (NASDAQ:SIGA)

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