Monkey Pox

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It is hard to tell how significant this developing situation will be, but the good news is that it appears that the information aspect of managing disinformation is being handles at it’s inception.
https://www.statnews.com/2022/05/24/in ... hallenges/
Since becoming Google’s first chief health officer in 2019, DeSalvo has overseen many disparate programs, ranging from AI-enabled diagnostics to patient records. But increasingly, as the tech giant has rethought some of its biggest aims in health, losing a longtime executive and dissolving its dedicated health-focused division, her focus has shifted to consumers.

Since the start of the pandemic — and the dust storm of misinformation it kicked up — the company has focused on how to assure people get the best and most accurate information. So when a virus not often seen outside of Africa recently started spreading in the U.S. and Europe, Google had a playbook.

“Monkeypox comes on the scene, the first thing that comes into my mind is OK, well, what are the myths and the harmful things that might begin to perpetuate that we want to look for?” she said in an interview with STAT Executive Editor Rick Berke at the STAT Health Tech Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday.

The playbook developed over Covid-19 included several measures to push Googlers in the right direction: Putting a box up with content from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a local health department; algorithmically pushing sites with misinformation or harmful treatments to the bottom; displaying buttons that show vaccine side effects or vaccination sites.

It also included teaming with influencers on YouTube — the video site is also owned by Google — to reach people who might not listen to an official from the National Institutes of Health.

Monkeypox, she said, was so unusual to see in Europe and the U.S. that little content was available to promote. “So let’s start thinking about what does the CDC or the WHO or anyone else already have? And then how can we start to work to get better good information?” she said.

On Tuesday, a Google search of “monkeypox” turned up articles from CNN, the Associated Press and the Washington Post, among others, followed by a drop-down menu answering common questions with paragraphs from the CDC, World Health Organization or health-focused websites.

Although seemingly smaller in ambition than previous efforts to transform electronic health records or aging, these consumer and search-oriented efforts can be a crucial tool in creating a more equitable healthcare system, DeSalvo argued.

“Information is a determinant of health,” said DeSalvo, a physician who previously served as New Orleans Health Commissioner and a top health official in the Obama administration. “So people coming online to understand, what is diabetes? Where can I get care? These are all important.”


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U.S. Could Have Had Many More Doses of Monkeypox Vaccine This Year
The Department of Health and Human Services delayed asking the manufacturer to process the bulk vaccine the government already owned into vials.

By Sharon LaFraniere, Noah Weiland and Joseph Goldstein
Aug. 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — The shortage of vaccines to combat a fast-growing monkeypox outbreak was caused in part because the Department of Health and Human Services failed early on to ask that bulk stocks of the vaccine it already owned be bottled for distribution, according to multiple administration officials familiar with the matter.

By the time the federal government placed its orders, the vaccine’s Denmark-based manufacturer, Bavarian Nordic, had booked other clients and was unable to do the work for months, officials said — even though the federal government had invested well over $1 billion in the vaccine’s development.

The government is now distributing about 1.1 million doses, less than a third of the 3.5 million that health officials now estimate are needed to fight the outbreak. It does not expect the next delivery, of half a million doses, until October. Most of the other 5.5 million doses the United States has ordered are not scheduled to be delivered until next year, according to the federal health agency.

To speed up deliveries, the government is scrambling to find another firm to take over some of the bottling, capping and labeling of frozen bulk vaccine that is being stored in large plastic bags at Bavarian Nordic’s headquarters outside Copenhagen. Because that final manufacturing phase, known as fill and finish, is highly specialized, experts estimate it will take another company at least three months to gear up. Negotiations are ongoing with Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, a Michigan factory that has helped produce Covid-19 vaccines, to bottle 2.5 million of the doses now on order, hopefully shaving months off the timetable, according to people familiar with the situation.

Health and Human Services officials so miscalculated the need that on May 23, they allowed Bavarian Nordic to deliver about 215,000 fully finished doses that the federal government had already bought to European countries instead of holding them for the United States.

At the time, the nation had only eight confirmed monkeypox cases, agency officials said. And it could not have used those doses immediately because the Food and Drug Administration had not yet certified the plant where the vaccine, Jynneos, was poured into vials.

But it could now. Some states are trying to stretch out doses by giving recipients only one shot of the two-dose vaccine. California, Illinois and New York have declared public health emergencies. In New York City, every available slot for a monkeypox shot is taken.


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Up to 12 cases today in Hawaii, mostly related to traveling to the mainland and infecting their families. There doesn't seem to be much concern about it - yet. However, I've noticed that more workers are wearing masks again. In addition to monkey pox, covid continues to cause stores and offices to shut down early.


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Hmmm. I was under the impression that smallpox vaccination lasted 'forever'. Maybe that's not so.

If you previously got a smallpox vaccine does it provide protection against monkeypox?


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