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How a new national emergency declaration could slow the spread of monkeypox

How a new national emergency declaration could slow the spread of monkeypox
With more than 7,000 cases reported in the U.S, the Biden administration has declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The declaration announced Thursday comes after the administration endured weeks of criticism for its response to this outbreak. Dr. Jay Varma, director of the Cornell Center for Pandemic Prevention and Response at Weill Cornell Medicine, joins William Brangham to discuss.

William Brangham: Judy, that declaration announced yesterday by Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra comes after the administration endured weeks of criticism for its response to this outbreak.William Brangham: Is it your sense that all of those elements you have just described will actually have a tangible impact on this outbreak?William Brangham: Is that the bulk of the criticism of the administration, that it was just slow getting off the mark, slow with tests, slow in getting the word out?William Brangham: You have said how essential it was to do much more testing early on.

William Brangham: I want to ask you about this issue of public messaging, because, as you indicated, we know that this virus is principally spreading amongst gay and bisexual men.William Brangham: All right, that is Dr.

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