KK Health News Update: White people get bigger share of monkeypox shots, early data show

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The US, which last Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency, is the epicenter of the global outbreak. The majority of cases so far have been concentrated among men who have recently had sex with other men.

Much like with Covid-19, the monkeypox health crisis in the US is hitting Black and Hispanic Americans hard. Yet those groups are so far lagging in vaccination rates, early data obtained by Bloomberg News show.

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The US, which last Thursday declared monkeypox a public health emergency, is the epicenter of the global outbreak. The majority of cases so far have been concentrated among men who have recently had sex with other men. Demographic data from the US Centers for Disease Control, though incomplete, suggests that most cases are also among people of color. As of the end of July, Black people made up 26% of cases with known race and ethnicity information and Hispanic people made up 32% of all cases.

In some major US cities with outbreaks, White people are getting the majority of vaccinations, data collected by Bloomberg show. In Chicago, 55% of vaccines have gone to White people. In Washington, D.C., 63.5% of vaccine recipients identify as White. And in the Atlanta metro area, where the overwhelming majority of cases have been among Black people, at least 54% of doses have gone to White people. The data are all as of last month.