SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s mayor on Thursday declared a state of emergency due to a surge in monkeypox cases, allowing officials to mobilize personnel and resources and cut red tape to outrun a public health crisis reminiscent of the AIDS epidemic. It is destroyed, prevent it. City.
The announcement, which takes effect Monday, was welcomed by gay advocates who have grown increasingly frustrated with San Francisco’s lackluster response to a virus that has so far largely targeted men who have sex with men.
The city has 261 of about 800 cases in California and 4,600 nationwide, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. A national vaccine shortage has left people waiting in line for hours to receive scarce doses, which are often turned away when they run out.
“San Francisco is the epicenter for the country. 30 percent of all cases in California are in San Francisco,” said Dr. Susan Philip, San Francisco’s public health officer.
San Francisco closed its primary monkeypox vaccination clinic earlier this week after it ran out of doses, saying it had received only 7,800 doses of the 35,000 requested.
San Francisco State Sen. Scott Weiner, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, said: “San Francisco was on the front lines of public health responses to HIV and COVID-19, and we will be on the front lines with monkeypox. We cannot and will not leave the LGTBQ community out to dry.”
Mayor London Breed scheduled a news conference later Thursday.