Front-line providers need $900M for mpox response
Forty national, state, and community-based public health and LGBTQ organizations – including the Big Cities Health Coalition – urge Congress to include an additional $900 million in the final negotiations on the FY’23 omnibus appropriations bill to respond to monkeypox (mpox). The White House’s critical needs supplemental request submitted last week includes $400 million to replenish the smallpox vaccine supply, but their request overlooks the ways in which the outbreak severely depleted local supplies, worsened workforce shortages, and strained overall capacity at an alarming rate. The additional items outlined below comprise the other critical foundational components needed to properly respond to the ongoing outbreak.
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