Biden Monkeypox Czar Says Vaccines Will Now Be Available At ‘Large LGBT Events’

The Biden administration is allowing state governments to order monkeypox vaccines for distribution at “large LGBT events,” White House Monkeypox Response Coordinator Bob Fenton said on Thursday.

Multiple reports show that the virus is particularly spreading through communities of homosexual and bisexual men. Fenton accordingly said during a teleconference that local governments can target vaccination efforts toward such communities.

“Today we’re announcing that states and localities will be able to request and receive additional vaccines to support vaccination efforts at large LGBT events in the coming weeks and months,” Fenton explained. “HHS is launching a pilot program that will provide up to 50,000 doses from the national stockpile to be made available for Pride and other events that will have high attendance of gay and bisexual men. These doses will be on top of jurisdictions’ existing allocations and supply of vaccine.”

Multiple states have officially declared emergencies as the virus continues to spread. In particular, San Francisco and New York City have thus far been epicenters, with nearly half of outbreaks occurring in California, New York, and Illinois.

Monkeypox can spread through skin to skin contact that often happens through hugging, kissing, extended face-to-face contact, and sexual intercourse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include fever, headache, cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion, as well as…

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