The limited supply of monkeypox vaccines in the US has led to hours-long waits and lines that stretch for blocks, according to officials with state and local public health groups; some people with monkeypox symptoms have had to go without tests or treatments. And some have even crossed the border into Canada in search of help, the officials say.
They, along with leaders of some national LGBTQ organizations, are frustrated and angry at the federal government for its “lack of urgency” about the ongoing outbreak.
They say they feel abandoned by the government and want monkeypox to be declared a public health emergency now.
“We are, once again, in a moment where a lack of urgency and an inadequate response has left our community filled with fear, unanswered questions and valid outrage. A moment where we have been abandoned by inaction,” Tyler TerMeer, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, said Tuesday.
The clinic managed by his foundation has a waiting list of 10,000 people who are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine.
“This is unacceptable and completely preventible,” TerMeer said. “Our community of resilient people have had to once again rise up in support of one another, to educate each other and to fight for access to the resources that they need and deserve.”
Monkeypox can infect anyone, but the majority of cases in the US outbreak have been among men who have sex with men, including gay and bisexual men, and people who identify as transgender.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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