Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Biden Administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency:
“The Biden Administration’s declaration of a public health emergency is a crucial step to stop the spread of monkeypox. This action, which follows the lead of California, is welcome news: unlocking critical tools to strengthen our fight against this accelerating and painful public health threat.
“Across our nation, including in my hometown of San Francisco, we are already seeing monkeypox inflict serious harm — particularly, taking a disproportionate toll on our LGBTQ family, friends and neighbors. As we learned from the COVID crisis, we must act swiftly and decisively to get ahead and stay ahead of this virus.
“It is encouraging that the Biden Administration is making nearly 800,000 doses of the vaccine available, with 40 percent already reaching our communities — and more must be done to ensure quick distribution to areas with the greatest need. We must also ensure that communities have the ability to track, trace and treat monkeypox, while removing barriers to access these tools, offering culturally competent and compassionate care, and combating stigma.
“The Congress will continue to closely monitor the spread of monkeypox and consider legislative responses to ensure our nation is well prepared to defeat this virus.”
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