On Wednesday morning, New York City mayor Eric Adams told the media that he had sought the help of President Joe Biden with regards to the city’s monkeypox vaccine “supply constraints.”
In a phone call with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, he told them there is a need to provide more vaccines to the Big Apple since it has become “the epicenter of the monkeypox epidemic.”
“We discussed the supply constraints that New York City is facing and the urgency to expand our vaccine access footprint to more people, in more neighborhoods, through more partners and providers,” Adams said.
“(We) shared our commitment to expeditiously address the current shortage through upcoming allocations in ways that are proportional to the current burden of disease here in New York City,” Adams added.
Based on the latest data from the NYC health department, only about 7,000 monkeypox vaccine doses have made their way to the city since the viral disease began spreading here earlier in the summer.
Health Commissioner, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, revealed that another 14,500 are expected to come online at some point this week.