Uncle Sam To Attend Pride Rallies – But Not For The Reason You Think
(TruthandLiberty.com) – In 1958, researchers in Africa discovered monkeypox. The first recorded case in a human was in 1970. Until recently, the infection hadn’t spread regularly in other countries, but international travel helped expand the virus’ borders. On July 23, the World Health Organization declared the sickness a Public Health Emergency. Officials have reported over 39,000 cases in countries that don’t ordinarily see the illness, mainly affecting gay men.
The United States has experienced the most infections globally, with approximately 13,500 cases. Health experts say 98% are male, and the median age is 35 years old. According to data, 93% of infected individuals said they’d had sexual contact with others in the high-risk group. The federal government is now encouraging those in vulnerable communities to vaccinate. They’ll be hosting vaccine clinics at several upcoming pride rallies.
Government Sets Aside 50,000 Vaccine Doses for Upcoming Gay Pride Events
Since the outbreak started in May, the administration has sent out 1 million vaccine doses nationwide. On Monday, August 22, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will distribute 50,000 shots across the country.
White House monkeypox response coordinator Bob Fenton said getting the virus under control depends upon vaccinating more at-risk people. To do that, he stated the government would meet people where they are instead of asking individuals to come to them. On Thursday, August 18, health officials said the administration is setting aside 50,000 doses of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine for upcoming LGBTQ+ events. They noted the size of an event and the number of vulnerable attendees would determine how many shots are available.
Organizers have a dozen or more events scheduled. Among them are large meetings in New Orleans and Atlanta in early September.
CDC Encourages Vaccinating Before Events
Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said while the government will provide inoculations at pride events, it won’t immediately protect those at high risk because it’s a two-shot process, requiring doses 28 days apart. After the first dose, people can still contract the condition. Recipients don’t receive full protection benefits from the two-shot series until 14 days after the second dose. She emphasized the importance of educating attendees to help control the outbreak. Outreach efforts include safe sex tips and encouraging individuals to limit intimate partners.
The virus spreads predominantly through skin-to-skin contact. It can also live on some surfaces, such as linens. The CDC recommends that anyone planning to attend a mass event receive the vaccination well ahead of the date.
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