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Lawmakers step up pressure on administration over monkeypox

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Jeenah Moon/Getty Images NEW YORK, NY – JULY 21: People protest during a rally calling for more government action to combat the spread of monkeypox at Foley Square on July 21, 2022 in New York City. At least 267 New Yorkers have tested positive for monkeypox, a virus similar to smallpox, but with milder symptoms. Congressional leaders have begun raising the heat on the Biden administration over monkeypox, demanding to know what its plan is for handling the outbreak as cases continue to rise and treatments still remain out of reach for many who are affected.

Top-ranking members in the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle, have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for answers on what his department is doing to handle the monkeypox outbreak, with several lawmakers questioning what they perceive to be a failed response.

Nearly 2,600 cases have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of Friday. These numbers are almost certainly an undercount due to the limited testing capabilities for monkeypox, one of the issues that lawmakers have brought up in recent weeks.

Last week, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, […]

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