Monkeypox: California, Illinois Declare State of Emergency, Push Vax Tied to Heart Disease, ‘Spontaneous Abortion’

The U.S. had 5,811 monkeypox cases as of Monday, according to the CDC.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Governors Gavin Newsom of California and JB Pritzker of Illinois have declared a state of emergency in their states in response to the monkeypox outbreak.
  • Nearly 800 cases of monkeypox have been reported in California, while the state of Illinois has reported 520 cases.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that as of Aug 1, there have been 5,811 monkeypox cases in the country.
  • Gov. Newsom’s declaration enables California’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines: “it is critical to maximize the number of personnel who can administer vaccines within this outreach effort, and expanding the pool of eligible vaccinators will substantially aid current efforts and support anticipated further vaccination efforts upon receipt of additional doses from the federal government,” Newsom’s announcement emphasizes.
  • Gov. Pritzker’s declaration also focuses on vaccines, allowing the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to “utilize resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies, quickly and efficiently aid in the distribution of vaccines and in the prevention and treatment of the disease.”
  • The FDA package insert for the monkeypox vaccine, “Jynneos” by Bavarian Nordic, says that heart problems of “special interest” occur in 1 in 75 vaccine recipients who have not already been vaccinated against smallpox, but in 1 in 48 vaccine recipients who have already been vaccinated against smallpox. Bavarian Nordic added “tromethamine,” a drug given to treat heart attacks, to the Jynneos vaccine, according to the insert.
  • The CDC reported how one in four (25%) women who became pregnant after being injected with the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine suffered a “spontaneous abortion.”
MONKEYPOX VACCINE WARNINGS:
  • The Jynneos insert also says the vaccine “has not been evaluated” for “Impairment of male fertility.”
  • The insert also warns the Jynneos vaccine “has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential,” meaning it is unknown whether the vaccine causes cancer or genetic mutations in humans.
  • Read the FDA’s package insert for Jynneos below.
BACKGROUND:
  • In response to COVID-19, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency on Mar 4, 2020, while Governor Pritzker signed an executive order establishing a “Disaster Proclamation” on Mar 20.
  • California’s COVID declaration gave government the power to issue “specific guidance related to preventing and mitigating” COVID to schools, employers, employees, first responders, and community care facilities.
  • Illinois’ COVID proclamation forced citizens to “stay at home or place of residence” and “non-essential” businesses to close, prohibiting all outside public and private gatherings.