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Monkeypox Virus: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Holds Press Conference to Demand Additional Vaccine Shipments

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and other official members of Congress on Friday held a press briefing on the growing concerns about the monkeypox virus in the state of Texas and the United States.

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There are currently 595 cases in the state of Texas and 26,000 cases worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control reports. On August 4, President Joe Biden declared the virus a national health emergency.

During the conference, the congresswoman said that she and other lawmakers had asked the President to enact the Defense Production Act to manufacture the monkeypox vaccine. Congress members point out that a small company in Denmark is not meeting the high demand for the vaccine’s launch.

Some people who are most vulnerable to contracting the virus are being turned away. In her congressional district, Jackson Lee said three people who had the virus showed up at a clinic and were unable to get it. 2.5 million doses of vaccine were ordered on July 1, but they won’t arrive until 2023. According to Jackson Lee, that will not be enough.

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She said she believes that’s why production should take place here in the United States. “This is a global disease. There is a global demand,” said the congresswoman.

The Houston Department of Health recently received a shipment of 6,740 doses of the vaccine and will receive up to 16,780 additional doses. Thirty percent of that goes to Harris County, which has declared an emergency for the virus.

There is currently no treatment for monkeypox virus infection.

“The main treatment is vaccination, and we don’t have enough,” Jackson Lee said.

SEE ALSO: Monkeypox: Everything You Need to Know About Symptoms, Spread, Treatment, and Vaccinations

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