NYC health officials address roadblocks in controlling monkeypox spread
New York City is still struggling to get monkeypox vaccine doses from the federal government as it tries to contain the spread. The city's health commissioner addressed what the city can do up against the odds.
Top city health officials testified in front of the City Council's Health Committee, saying an estimated 150,000 New Yorkers are at risk for exposure and are eligible for a vaccine. However, the city has only been allocated 80,000 vaccine vials from the federal government.
Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan says cases have been slowing in recent days, but New York City remains the epicenter of the outbreak with nearly 20% of the nation's reported cases. He went on to say the new single-dose strategy appears to be effective in both generating a sufficient immune response and conserving limited supply.
The health commissioner says the school community is not at risk for high transmission but that the city has provided guidance to schools in the event of a monkeypox case. The city is also working to get ads on dating apps to raise awareness in communities that are being impacted the most.