California lawmakers set to hold monkeypox oversight hearing


A group of California senators will hold a watchdog hearing Tuesday on the state and local response to monkeypox. The hearing comes as California remains under a state of emergency as the number of monkeypox cases rises. “We’re going to talk to patients, to people who have recovered from monkeypox, to doctors, to people who are treating monkeypox, so we can get information from the ground up about what’s happening and what needs to happen,” he said. said Senator Scott. Vienna, D-San Francisco. Tuesday’s list of speakers includes California state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan, University of California San Francisco infectious disease expert Vivek Jain, as well as other medical experts and local officials. The community, labor organizations and members and leaders of the LGBTQ community will also be represented at Tuesday’s hearing. The latest state data, which is updated Tuesdays and Thursdays, shows California has had 1,310 confirmed cases of the virus statewide, with gay and bisexual men accounting for most of the cases. “As we know, with any infectious disease, it can start with a particular cluster, but it’s always growing and so we want to make sure we smother it,” said Senator Roscilicie Ochoa Bogh, the only Republican on the special committee. of the State Senate on monkeypox. “Information at this time is extremely important, and we need to make sure it is easily accessible, that we educate our frontline workers and our population on how to identify, prevent and treat infection with monkeypox.” The group is also awaiting an update from the administration on lawmakers’ request to approve $35.8 million in emergency funds to help counties respond to the virus. Lawmakers said they are also awaiting an update on vaccines, testing and information distribution at the state and local levels, plus an overview of how state and federal governments are working together to respond to the pandemic. ‘epidemic. “The federal declaration of emergency is very important,” Wiener said Monday. “It opens up a lot of flexibility and funding, but it also allows the FDA to approve tests and treatments under an emergency use authorization.” Wiener urged the FDA to grant emergency use authorization for the antiviral drug, Tpoxx as a treatment for monkeypox. Wiener said that without permission, doctors have to spend hours on paperwork in order to provide the treatment. “The United States has millions of these treatments, and we want doctors to get them to people immediately before they start feeling excruciating pain,” Wiener said. Tuesday’s oversight hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Office building on O Street in Sacramento.

A group of California senators will hold a watchdog hearing Tuesday on the state and local response to monkeypox.

The hearing comes as California remains under a state of emergency as the number of monkeypox cases rises.

“We’re going to talk to patients, to people who have recovered from monkeypox, to doctors, to people who are treating monkeypox, so we can get information from the ground up about what’s happening and what needs to happen,” he said. said Senator Scott. Vienna, D-San Francisco.

Tuesday’s list of speakers includes California state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan, University of California San Francisco infectious disease expert Vivek Jain, as well as other medical experts and local officials. The community, labor organizations and members and leaders of the LGBTQ community will also be represented at Tuesday’s hearing.

The latest state data, which is updated Tuesdays and Thursdays, shows California has had 1,310 confirmed cases of the virus statewide, with gay and bisexual men accounting for most of the cases.

“As we know, with any infectious disease, it can start with a particular cluster, but it’s always growing and so we want to make sure we smother it,” said Senator Roscilicie Ochoa Bogh, the only Republican on the special committee. of the State Senate on monkeypox. “Information at this time is extremely important, and we need to make sure it is easily accessible, that we educate our frontline workers and our population on how to identify, prevent and treat infection with monkeypox.”

The group is also awaiting an update from the administration on lawmakers’ request to approve $35.8 million in emergency funds to help counties respond to the virus.

Lawmakers said they are also awaiting an update on vaccines, testing and information distribution at the state and local levels, as well as an overview of how state and federal governments are working together to respond. to the epidemic.

“The federal declaration of emergency is very important,” Wiener said Monday. “It opens up a lot of flexibility and funding, but it also allows the FDA to approve tests and treatments under an emergency use authorization.”

Wiener urged the FDA to grant emergency use authorization for the antiviral drug, Tpoxx, as a treatment for monkeypox. Wiener said that without permission, doctors have to spend hours on paperwork in order to provide the treatment.

“The United States has millions of these treatments, and we want doctors to get them to people immediately before they start feeling excruciating pain,” Wiener said.

Tuesday’s oversight hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Legislative Office building on O Street in Sacramento.

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