Republicans Shocked By Biden’s Monkeypox Response

The Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions Committee’s bipartisan group of legislators criticized the reaction of public health officials to the monkeypox outbreak, with Republicans indicating that they would oppose funding increases for a number of government agencies.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Head of the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the White House, Dr. Robert Califf, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dawn O’Connell, assistant sec. of health and human services, all testified for more than two hours about the virus. All four witnesses were upbeat about the Biden administration’s approach to monkeypox, but the majority of senators disagreed. The CDC reports 22,630 cases of monkeypox in the United States, although no one has perished as a result of the infection.

On August 4, more than two months after the first case was reported in the U.S., HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra declared a public health emergency for monkeypox, according to CNBC. Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican from Indiana, questioned whether an emergency declaration was even necessary given the absence of fatalities and the federal government’s prior reluctance to proclaim a state of emergency.

Braun questioned Walensky about how the CDC determines to proclaim public health emergencies and said, “I’m worried that they won’t be taken seriously.”

Walensky justified the choice by pointing to the “increasing number of new cases,” adding that the declaration makes “more funds and additional resources” available.

According to O’Connell, the emergency declaration gave the neighborhood “a vital signal. It complemented what the WHO does.”

She continued, “In the end, the Secretary will decide.”

Washington committee chairwoman Patty Murray slammed the administration’s failure to increase the supply of monkeypox vaccine, calling the public health strategy full of “severe missteps.” For vaccine outreach, public health officials are specifically targeting gay males, who account for 97% of cases. In addition, O’Connell remarked, smallpox vaccines have been substituted for those for monkeypox.

When speaking about the recent outbreak, Fauci repeatedly linked monkeypox to HIV/AIDS and emphasized the need to “prevent stigma.” In the 1980s, the federal government’s response to HIV/AIDS was spearheaded by the departing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. For how he handled that crisis, Fauci received harsh criticism from activists.

“After spending the previous two and a half years addressing COVID-19,” she added, “this is occurring at a time when problems are landing on public health departments and employees that are fatigued and burnt out. It’s been somewhat compounded, in my opinion, by the dept’s difficulties monitoring vaccine supplies through VTrckS and the sudden arrival of monkeypox vaccines.”

Walensky urged senators to support President Joe Biden’s budget proposal, which would give public health organizations $22.4 billion for COVID-19 responses and $4.5 billion for monkeypox responses. The director of the CDC continued, “Monkeypox will remain a global menace.”

Author: Steven Sinclaire

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4 thoughts on “Republicans Shocked By Biden’s Monkeypox Response”

  1. How many ‘billion’ dollars more do you think the American people can handle for all your bs scams?? I hope to live long enuf to see all your corruption blow up right in all your faces so you get a full dose of ‘just desserts’.

    1. I agree. The Democrats are wasting our money. In fact, the Democrats are robbing the American ta payers. Hope to see all these Democrats removed from our government.

    2. I agree. I’m am sick of this. And some people either just don’t care or the are easily fooled. Biden and all his supporters are just mad in the head. And how they tell everyone it the republicans that have this evil plan to take over and turn us into skin heads and go Hitler on everyone. Can the people see that this chaos start when Biden came into office and was all for defending the police and giving criminal free ride to steal, destroy people’s property,,murder innocent people at will. What did the democratic states do in 2020 when the riots started, nothing that’s what. They allow their own cities be burned down store destroyed. Billions of dollars of damage. It may have called down some but in Portland Oregon Antifa and they’re buddies BLM are. Still walking the streets at night and carrying assault weapons. Sure glad I don’t live in a big city. Crime where I live is bad enough. God bless America.

    3. Well said…they are, indeed SCAMS!!! I hope and pray these senators will use their common sense and not fund them anymore….not at least, until the entire CDC, HHS and FDA are all abolished and revamped for the people’s best interests. They have rooked us out of tax dollars which are used to hurt us and someone needs to stop this. The sooner, the better!

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