Headline RoundupAugust 4th, 2022

Biden Administration Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

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The Department of Health and Human Services declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency on Thursday. 

There had been 6,617 reported monkeypox cases in the U.S. by Thursday, and 26,208 globally, according to the CDC — making the U.S. outbreak the largest in the world. Furthermore, U.S. infections nearly doubled in the last two weeks.

The emergency declaration opens up more federal response tools, including freeing up funding for treatments. In a statement, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said, “We are prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus. We urge every American to take monkeypox seriously.”

Coverage was widespread and mostly balanced across the spectrum. Some coverage from the right framed President Joe Biden himself as issuing the declaration, like when a Fox News (Right bias) homepage headline said, “Biden makes massive move.” 

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