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Former FDA Commissioner Says Window for Containing Monkeypox ‘Probably Has Closed’

Former FDA Commissioner Says Window for Containing Monkeypox ‘Probably Has Closed’

“I think they’re going to be reluctant to use the word pandemic, because it implies that they’ve failed to contain this…”

Last week, I noted monkeypox cases were popping up across the country.

Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is warning that the window to get control of the virus may be closed.

“I think they’re going to be reluctant to use the word pandemic, because it implies that they’ve failed to contain this, and I think at this point we’ve failed to contain this,” Gottlieb told CBS “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan.

“We’re now at the cusp of this becoming an endemic virus, with this now become something that’s persistent that we need to continue to deal with,” he added.

Although cases have primarily been detected among men who has sex with men, Gottlieb says the virus has “spread more broadly in the community,” and the current reported trends are in part because testing has focused on sexual health clinics.

“We’re probably detecting just a fraction of the actual cases,” he said.

As of Friday, there were 1,800 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the country, though experts say lack of testing capacity means the true spread of the virus is likely much wider.

While some of the early challenges presented by the monkeypox outbreak echo the same major difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic, specifically limited availability of tests and vaccines, health officials say the comparisons between the two viruses only go so far.

Most importantly, monkeypox — though it can cause severe flu-like symptoms and debilitating pain — is rarely fatal. It’s also not new. Unlike COVID, which left scientists scrambling to understand how it spread and how it can be treated, monkeypox was first documented back in 1958.

Monkeypox typically spreads through close, often intimate, physical contact, rather than through the air. There also is no need to wait months for vaccines to be developed. Smallpox vaccines helped eradicate the once-devastating global disease and have also been effective against monkeypox.

Given the monkey business that regularly occurs in the nation’s capital, it is interesting to note that Washington, D.C., has the country’s highest number of monkeypox cases per capita.

There have been 122 cases of the virus reported in the past two months in D.C., which is about one case per 6,500 residents, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Second in line behind D.C. is New York, which has one case per 40,000 residents. Then, Illinois has one case for every 73,000 residents and California has one case per 148,000 residents.

“We are specifically working with reaching out to members of the LGBTQ+ community, specifically gay and bisexual men, because those are the communities most affected by the virus at this moment,” Bowser said.

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Comments

PrincetonAl | July 20, 2022 at 7:27 am

With Dr. Fauci on it, how could they fail? He did such a good job with the HIV vaccine.

Although to be fair it’s probably wrong to talk about failure to contain – they want to fail at this, success for DC is to see if they can create a public health emergency …

It will go away if they stop buggering each other.

Well, clearly we need to lock down the entire country until just after election day. There’s simply no other solution. And we should give the federal government even more power. Because that’s been such an effective solution to diseases.

It’s really not that hard, idiots. Just stop f*cking each other in the ass.

Steven Brizel | July 20, 2022 at 8:25 am

Notice the absence of any discussion about locking down Fire Island or any similar venue as opposed to the society wide lockdowns that Covid purportedly required

JackinSilverSpring | July 20, 2022 at 9:01 am

1800 cases in a country of 330 million is much ado about nothing. It’s not even a rounding error. It’s time to move on to something more important like the Manchurian Candidate in the White House.

WHO is desperately trying to be “woke” by discrediting any associations with Africa or the homosexual communities:

“The scientists warn of “an increasing narrative in the media and among many scientists that are trying to link the present global outbreak to Africa or west Africa, or Nigeria”. While the UK Health Security Agency first raised the alarm after a person with monkeypox arrived in London from Nigeria on 4 May, the virus had already been spreading for some time, predominantly among men who have sex with men.”

Meanwhile, back at the spreader events:

“Steve Taylor, a board member at European Pride, said LGBTQ+ events must not be closed down in light of the outbreak, but instead used to spread public health messages about monkeypox. He said about 750 Pride events were due to take place in Europe this summer.”

2smartforlibs | July 20, 2022 at 9:17 am

Maybe rather than condoning the activity you might have gone full-on WUFLU and stopped dit.

E Howard Hunt | July 20, 2022 at 9:19 am

A gay disease from Africa? Obama better be careful.

That’s what they said about AIDS, then they closed the bathhouses, and normalized political congruence (“=”) to temper social liberalism in the transgender community; about Covid-19/20/21/22, then the viruses ran their course in planned parent/hood facilities, and people developed robust, durable immunity despite non-sterilizing “vaccine” mandates by choice, Choice, and force.

Every get the feeling they don’t want to stop it? That they are just going through the motions so they don’t look too bad? I think the Deep State is hoping that Monkeypox will evolve as it infects millions of gays and becomes Moneypox – spread on paper currency. Then they can ban cash and track everyone’s transactions. It provides a semi-legit excuse to do what they want to do anyway.

Orthopox viruses are DNA based and much larger and more physically robust than RNA based coronaviruses. This means it will never spread through the air, but can evolve to become better at spreading on anything people touch – like doorhandles, money, buttons, etc…

henrybowman | July 20, 2022 at 1:20 pm

“Given the monkey business that regularly occurs in the nation’s capital, it is interesting to note that Washington, D.C., has the country’s highest number of monkeypox cases per capita.”

Excellent. We’ve identified Gomorrah Central.
The Washington Monument would look really pretty made out of salt.

If you have had the smallpox vaccine as a kid, does it protect you?

“We’re probably detecting just a fraction of the actual cases”

He’s probably lying. Like AIDS, monkeypox is not a disease of the general population.

I think they’re going to be reluctant to use the word pandemic, because it implies that they’ve failed to contain this

More lying. They won’t use that word because it doesn’t have the cachet it once had, and because < 2,000 cases nationwide is not by any reasonable definition a "pandemic".