July 1, 2022
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The near-simultaneous emergence of monkeypox in the United States, Europe, and other regions where it rarely is seen has raised questions whether the virus could become endemic beyond West and Central Africa, where outbreaks are more common.
Although monkeypox cases are expected to increase as a result of the national call to clinicians to identify cases, the United States has no surfeit of medical countermeasures. These include two vaccines, a vaccinia immune globulin intravenous product, an antiviral drug, and large testing capacity.
The World Health Organization is continuing discussions of an international treaty or framework for global cooperation during the next pandemic, but the effort may struggle to gain traction in a divided, highly politicized environment currently holding sway in the United States.
Penny Moore, PhD, an HIV researcher for about two decades, has redeployed much of her research to measure humoral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination.