Department of Health and Human Services Failed to request vaccine Deliveries were delayed until later in the year to contain the growing monkeypox outbreak early in the outbreak, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Officials in the Biden administration told the paper that when the federal government ordered the vaccine from a manufacturer in Denmark, the company had booked customers in other countries dealing with outbreaks in their own country.
The Times added that the U.S. has invested more than $1 billion in vaccine development and will only be able to distribute about 1.1 million doses in the coming weeks, well below the 3.5 million that health officials say. An additional 500,000 doses are expected to be produced in the U.S. in October, but millions of doses on order may not be delivered until sometime in 2023.
The United States now has the most confirmed monkeypox cases in the world, following the detection of the first case in May.Have Over 6,600 known infections, more than a third of which occurred in New York and California. So far, cases have almost exclusively affected gay and bisexual men, but health officials stress that anyone can contract monkeypox, which spreads primarily through close physical contact.
No monkeypox-related deaths in U.S.
The Biden administration has been criticized for missteps in its response to the outbreak.U.S. There used to be about 20 million doses The vaccines are stored in the refrigerator, but they are allowed to expire without refills. When the outbreak hit U.S. shores in May, hundreds of thousands of vials were stored in Denmark, but it took the government weeks to request most of them.
Delivery delays have brought new struggles, reflecting the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Times, the United States actually has about 16.5 million doses of vaccine stockpiled in Denmark by manufacturer Bavarian Nordic. But the highly specialized process of converting these doses from bulk storage points to individual doses is limited, and other countries have placed orders for manufacturers to do so before the United States.
Officials hope domestic manufacturing companies can speed things up, but it’s still expected to take several months to get the factories up and running.
The effort comes amid growing criticism that the U.S. is not doing enough to quickly contain the spread of the disease. Several states, including New York, California and Illinois, have declared public health emergencies because of the monkeypox outbreak, and vaccine supply is lagging far behind demand.
Many at-risk groups have struggled to find appointments, with some states opting to offer patients only one of the recommended two-dose regimens to take their vaccine supply a step further.
President Joe Biden knocked Two senior emergency response officers Manage the government’s response to monkeypox outbreaks. The White House said FEMA regional administrator and former acting head of the agency, Robert Fenton, served as the White House monkeypox coordinator. Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, chief of the HIV prevention unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will serve as his deputy.