LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement in response to the Biden administration declaring monkeypox a public health emergency in the United States.

“I am grateful to President Biden and his administration for declaring a national public health emergency for monkeypox. Not only will this raise critical awareness of this issue, but will free up much-needed resources and flexibility to support local efforts. This sends an important message to our communities who are already heavily impacted by this virus that their safety is a top priority.

In Los Angeles County, we have already engaged with our federal and state partners to address this emergency and will continue to do our part. I am thankful to the Biden administration for the tens of thousands of doses we have already received and hope that this declaration will bring us more vaccines, as well as other critical funding and guidance, to support our efforts and those of our community partners. With the additional support and resources, we are working with our partners to stand up new vaccination clinics in the First District and across the County to expand access to our residents.”