Biden administration making plans to use public health emergency authorities to combat monkeypox

The Biden administration and U.S. public health officials are developing a plan to use public health emergency authorities to speed up the distribution of the monkeypox vaccine, two senior administration officials and another person with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO.

A decision memo created by the Department of Health and Human Services has circulated through U.S. health agencies and secured broad support from agency heads. The memo would call monkeypox a public health emergency, according to the two senior administration officials. White House monkeypox response coordinator Robert Fenton also supports using these authorities to speed up vaccine distribution, according to a senior administration official.

Representatives for HHS and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.