WASHINGTON (CBS News) — The Biden administration is declaring a public health emergency for the any other country in the world. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced the decision at a briefing with top public health officials Thursday.outbreak in the United States, which now counts more infections from the virus than
“This public health emergency will allow us to explore additional strategies to get vaccines and treatments more quickly out to the impacted communities. And it will allow us to get more data from jurisdictions so we can effectively track and attack this outbreak,” Robert Fenton, the newly appointed White House national monkeypox response coordinator, said at the briefing.READ MORE: Toyota Is Offering To Buy Back An Electric SUV Because Its Wheels Could Fall OffThe House Passes Democrats' Health Care And Climate Bill, Clearing Measure For Biden's Signature
As it did for COVID-19, the move by Becerra to declare an emergency could unlock a broad swath of flexibilities in funding and regulations to respond to the spread of monkeypox.
A related determination would open the door for the Food and Drug Administration to grant emergency use authorizations that could ease for the monkeypox outbreak.MORE NEWS: FBI Is Investigating 'Unprecedented' Number Of Threats Against Bureau In Wake Of Mar-A-Lago Search