Washington, D.C. — Today, United States of Care CEO and co-founder Natalie Davis issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s designation of the Monkeypox virus as a federal public health emergency (PHE):
“Today’s announcement by the Biden Administration to declare the Monkeypox outbreak a federal public health emergency is a critical step toward fighting this disease. This designation is a valuable tool to increase vaccine and treatment access to affected communities during a public health response, providing the administration more flexibility in their fight against the spread of the virus. USofCare calls on Congress to present a unified front to ensure the safety of everyone in our country.
“Diseases like Monkeypox do not discriminate across demographics. Therefore, people must receive reliable, accurate information about the Monkeypox virus. At USofCare, we recognize that individuals have important questions about the virus. They deserve empathetic, straightforward answers as they take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their communities safe. Building confidence starts by meeting people where they are and encouraging them to seek the information they need from their doctors so they can do their part to help contain the outbreak.
“It’s critical to stay informed about the disease through trusted sources and participate in the vaccination process as soon as it is widely available. We encourage everyone to do their part to help contain the outbreak. Together, we can ensure the safety of our neighbors, including LGBTQIA+, communities of color, people with disabilities, and those with chronic diseases who have historically faced disproportionate burdens to health care access.”
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