Monkeypox cases are generally down in the US, although there are still certain hotspots.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Although some regions of the nation are still seeing an increase in infections, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky stated on Thursday that she was cautiously optimistic about a drop in the growth of new monkeypox cases.

She said that the organization was making efforts to address racial and ethnic inequities in the delivery of monkeypox vaccines during a White House briefing.
As of September 14, Walensky informed reporters that there had been close to 23,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox across the country.

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“We have been glad to observe a decrease in the number of new cases both domestically and internationally during the past several weeks. In some parts of the United States, the rate of increase in new instances is still rising “She spoke. “We are cautiously optimistic as we approach this news.”

Over the past few weeks, the outbreak’s racial and ethnic composition has changed, according to Walensky.
50,000 doses of Bavarian Nordic’s Jynneos vaccine have been allocated as part of the CDC’s vaccine equity pilot initiative to address distribution inequities.

Last week non-Hispanic black men represented 38% of reported monkeypox infections and Hispanic men represented 25%. A stark contrast from the beginning of the monkeypox outbreak where non-Hispanic white men made up most of the cases.

Although non-Hispanic white men were the majority of those initially diagnosed with monkeypox, among cases from the past week for which we have race and ethnicity data, non-Hispanic black men accounted for 38% of cases, Latino or Hispanic men for 25% of cases, and non-Hispanic white men for 26%, according to Walensky.

White people received about 47% of the 91% of first vaccination doses delivered for which the CDC has race and ethnicity data, Hispanic people received about 20%, and Black people received around 12%, the CDC chief stated.

She admitted that the proportion of immunizations given to Latino or Hispanic men and non-Hispanic Black men is disproportionately lower than what we are seeing represented in instances.

THE GLOBAL STATE OF MONKEYPOX AS OF SUMMER 2022 IS AS FOLLOWS

According to Walensky, more than 540,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccination have been given thus far. 80% of those were first doses, according to CDC data, but more second doses have been given in recent weeks, according to Walensky.

To be completely effective, Jynneos must be administered in two doses, separated by four weeks. In a briefing on August 26, Walensky stated that 97% of the shots given were first doses.

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