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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

US reserves more monkeypox vaccines to distribute at Gay Pride events – Nation World News

United States is reserving Some 50,000 additional doses of monkeypox vaccine for distribution at Gay Pride event venues will be held soon, health officials said.

The number of doses dispensed in each area will be based on factors such as the magnitude of the incident, how many health workers will be available to administer the injection, and How many participants are considered to be at high risk of contracting the virus.

“More injections are the way to control outbreaks”White House monkeypox response coordinator Bon Fenton told reporters on Thursday. He said the goal is to know where the patients go.

There are at least a dozen gay pride events scheduled for the next two months in the United States, Including large rallies in Atlanta and New Orleans in early September. Federal officials said they would send 2,000 additional doses to North Carolina, where Charlotte’s gay pride parade and celebration is taking place this weekend.

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Southern Decadence, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ events, is expected to draw 200,000 or more people to New Orleans labor Day weekend. Organizers said this week that the Bourbon Street Extravaganza, a free concert that is part of the event, was canceled over fears of monkeypox.

Former Grand Marshal Frank Perez of the parade, which is the main celebration of Southern Fall, said vaccination programs have already taken place in many gay bars. So far officials have done enough with the vaccination campaign, he said, although “more is better.”

Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that “although we are offering the vaccine at these events for people at high risk, This is a two-dose series of vaccines, and receiving the vaccine in the event itself will not provide protection during the event.

Health officials have called for other measures to contain the spread of the virus, Including temporarily limiting the number of sexual partners.

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Monkeypox is endemic in parts of Africa, where people are infected by bites from rodents and other small animals, but this was not considered. a disease that spreads easily between people until MayWhen the infection emerged in Europe and the United States.

More than 39,000 cases have been reported in countries that historically have not had monkeypox. Most have occurred in men who have sex with other men.But health officials insist that any person can contract the virus.

The United States has the most infections in the world: more than 13,500. Ninety-nine percent of cases in the United States have occurred in men who have recently had sex with other men.

health officials say The virus is mostly spread by skin-to-skin contact, But they caution that it can also be transmitted in other ways, including by touching a bed top used by an infected person.

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