After New York, it is in San Francisco that the state of emergency comes into force today to fight against the spread of monkeypox. This will allow better coordination in the face of the demand for vaccines. “We desperately need vaccines to support the people of San Francisco,” Mayor London Breed said. The city pleaded with federal health officials for more help.
“San Francisco has been at the forefront of public health responses to HIV and COVID-19, and we will be at the forefront when it comes to monkeypox,” said Sen. State Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents the city. “We cannot and do not want to leave the LGBTQ community behind”.
The city has 261 cases, out of about 800 in California and 4,600 nationwide, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Due to a nationwide shortage of vaccines, people line up for hours to get the rare doses, and are often turned away when the vaccines run out.
Members of the LGBTQ community expressed their anger and frustration at a city hearing last week, saying they relied on social media because the San Francisco Department of Public Health didn’t had not provided basic information on testing or vaccine availability.
But New York is the most affected city in the United States in terms of the number of cases, with more than 1,000 contaminations detected since the start of the epidemic.
New York State has therefore declared the outbreak an imminent threat. Therefore, “local health departments will be able to access additional reimbursements from the state to protect all New Yorkers and limit the spread of monkeypox within communities,” a statement read. New York is the most affected city in the United States in terms of the number of cases, with more than 1,000 contaminations detected since the start of the epidemic.