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The government of US President Joe Biden on August 4 declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move that is expected to free up new funds, help with data collection and enable the deployment of additional personnel in the fight against the disease. . (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Thursday’s statement from the Department of Health and Human Services means the federal government can use additional resources to try to control the spread of monkeypox, of which there are more than 7,500 cases in the United States. But what exactly is monkeypox and who is most at risk of contracting it? And with vaccination rollouts progressing slowly, is there any concern that the country has not fully learned from the mistakes made in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic?

This episode: White House correspondents Asma Khalid and Franco Ordoñez, and science correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff.

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