Los Angeles LGBT Center Demands Biden Administration Take Further Action Following Overdue Public Health Emergency Declaration - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Demands Biden Administration Take Further Action Following Overdue Public Health Emergency Declaration

August 5, 2022
Contact: Media Relations

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is pleased with President Joe Biden’s decision to declare a public health emergency in response to the rapidly spreading human monkeypox virus (hMPXV). The decision is long overdue and must be followed by further action.

SEE: Biden Names White House Coordinator for Monkeypox (New York Times)

ALSO SEE: “It’s Time to Start Treating Human Monkeypox Like the Emergency It Is” (Joe Hollendoner Op-Ed – LGBTNewsNow.com)

“The declaration of a domestic public health emergency will give the administration additional authority and resources to bring an end to this outbreak,” said Joe Hollendoner, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “We call on the White House to use its power and its bully pulpit to ramp up production and create a rapid-distribution system for the vaccine.”

The Department of Health and Human Services must designate specific resources for public health clinics and local health service organizations to ensure rapid and easy access to testing for all potentially symptomatic people. Additional funding should be made available to community health organizations, such as the Center, that are bearing the burden in treatment and care for those who are infected with the virus.

Our confidence in the Biden Administration’s ability to halt the spread of hMPXV is strengthened with the appointment of a White House human monkeypox team, which includes Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as the deputy coordinator. Dr. Daskalakis, a well-known gay activist, has an extensive history in HIV/AIDS work, and with his leadership, the team will be able to develop a more coordinated and robust response that should also address the stigma associated with hMPXV and the LGBTQ community.

To date, more than 26,000 cases have been reported around the world, with more than 6,000 confirmed cases in the United States and nearly 500 confirmed cases in L.A. County. 

For more information on the Center’s work to address hMPXV please visit lalgbtcenter.org/monkeypox.

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