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The Biden Administration Again Declares National ‘Public Health Emergency’ Over Monkeypox

The Biden administration has again declared a national ‘public health emergency’ — this time, over monkeypox.

As of August 2nd, there have been no monkeypox deaths in the United States and fewer than ten deaths reported worldwide.

President Biden’s health secretary Xavier Becerra declared the monkeypox outbreak a ‘national health emergency,’ a once-rare designation that has become a political weapon for elected leaders who want to obviate the law or implement unconstitutional measures.

Last week, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency over the outbreak. The Biden administration’s declaration of the ‘national health emergency’ will authorize federal agencies power to direct money toward developing and purchasing vaccines and drugs.

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“We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously,” Becerra said at a news briefing.

The viral ‘monkeypox’ outbreak has reached just 6,600 cases in the United States and is spread primarily through risky sexual activity between gay men.

On Saturday, the WHO declared the spread of monkeypox a “public health emergency” of international concern, with “a clear risk of further international spread.”

The WHO’s committee did not reach a consensus about whether monkeypox constitutes an international public health emergency, but WHO Director-General Tedros decided to to declare one anyway, saying, “in short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly.”

Ghebreyesus also said that monkeypox cases have been concentrated among men who have sex with men, and particularly those who have multiple sexual partners.

The World Health Organization spread disastrous Covid-19 misinformation at a critical time early in the pandemic. But now, the unelected health body wants nations to regulate ‘monkeypox disinformation’ in favor of supporting the government’s official narrative about the virus.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The stigma and discrimination can be as dangerous as any virus and can fuel the outbreak. As we have seen with COVID 19 misinformation and misinformation can spread rapidly online. So we call on all social media platforms, tech companies, and new organizations to work with us to prevent and counter harmful information.”

The Biden administration invoking a ‘national health emergency’ over monkeypox implies that all Americans are equally at risk from the virus, and is deliberately conflating the risk of contracting it with the prior risk of contracting Covid-19.


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