The push to try and get more federal help with the monkeypox virus is getting stronger.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors ratified the city’s emergency declaration Monday afternoon.
California lawmakers will be talking about monkeypox in Sacramento Tuesday during the Senate Select Committee on monkeypox meeting.
Also Tuesday, San Francisco will begin administering some 10,000 vaccines it has received.
David Norman of San Francisco is almost fully recovered after getting monkeypox. He’s says he’s one of the lucky ones who healed quickly, just 17 days. Optimistic about his situation but upset over the virus response across the country.
“It took seven to eight days for me to get my positive test result back just through my normal primary care doctor. Right now there’s no ready available test that I can get to prove to my employer, or even to just give myself some comfort that I am completely out of this,” says Norman.
A rally was held outside the San Francisco federal building on Monday to demand that the government cut the red tape by getting more of the vaccine out there, improve testing, and make antiviral drugs like T-POXX, which Norman took, more readily available.
“After my first dose of taking it, the very next day I was in, I wasn’t fully recovered obviously, but I was in a lot less pain and didn’t have any new lesions and the lesions I had were getting smaller,” says Norman.
Italy kicks off vaccination campaign against monkeypox
ROME — Italy opened its vaccination campaign against monkeypox on Monday, as case numbers have increased at a time when health authorities are reporting vaccine shortages worldwide.
Italy has reported 545 cases of monkeypox, according to the health ministry. Its vaccination campaign has started more than a month after other countries that have seen higher numbers of cases, including the United States, Britain and Spain.
The first doses will be given at the Spallanzani hospital in Rome, the hospital said in a statement.
Vaccines and treatments have been in short supply and the disease often left for historically underfunded sexual health clinics to manage.
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