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Monkeypox outbreak in US declared a Public Health Emergency
On August 4th, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra declared the ongoing monkeypox outbreak in the US a Public Health Emergency (PHE). Thursday's declaration is expected to free up additional funding and tools to combat the monkeypox outbreak across the country.
 
White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator named
President Biden has named FEMA's Robert Fenton and CDC's Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator, respectively. The White House has announced that Fenton and Daskalakis are to "lead the Administration's strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including equitably increasing the availability of tests, vaccinations and treatments."
 
Georgia allows tax deductions for fetuses
Pregnant women in Georgia will be able to deduct their fetuses as dependents on their taxes under a 2019 anti-abortion law that a judge allowed to go into effect last month. On Monday, the state's tax agency stated that any woman whose fetus has a detectable heartbeat as of July 20th (the date of the court ruling) could take a personal tax exemption of $3,000 for each fetus.
 
Banana Boat sunscreen recalled following detection of carcinogen-causing chemical
The manufacturers of Banana Boat have recalled three batches of its sunscreen after trace levels of benzene were detected in its product. A company announcement posted by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) states, "Edgewell Personal Care Company (NYSE: EPC) today issued a voluntary nationwide recall of three batches of Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 to the consumer level."
 
Hong Kong’s Rugby Sevens to be held in November
On Saturday, Hong Kong's Rugby Union stated that the international Rugby sevens event would take place in November. The event is being held for the first time in over three years after a postponement due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions.
 
CDC reported over 4,900 monkeypox cases in the US
On Thursday, San Francisco declared a public health emergency due to a rising number of monkeypox cases in the city. NY declared Monkeypox an "imminent threat to public health." On July 28th, the CDC reported over 4,900 confirmed monkeypox cases in the US.
 
29-year-old dies after fight over referee decision
On Monday, a 29-year-old soccer player succumbed to his injuries from a fight in Oxnard, California. Misael Sanchez had been in hospital for 15 days after a fight on July 10.
 
European Commission approves Imvanex smallpox vaccine for monkeypox
On July 25th, Danish biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic announced that the European Commission had authorized the marketing of their Imvanex smallpox vaccine as protection against monkeypox and disease caused by the vaccinia virus. The European Medicines Agency recommended the label extension for the Imvanex vaccine last week.
 
Gene therapy can reduce risk of hemophilic bleeding
Results from a Phase 1-2 trial indicate that a one-time novel gene therapy can reduce the risk of excessive bleeding in hemophilia B. The trial was funded by Freeline Therapeutics.
 
Monkeypox declared a global public health emergency
The World Health Organization's Director, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus announced on Saturday that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern. UN News stated, "Monkeypox is an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission about which we understand ‘too little', and which meets the criteria of an emergency under International Health Regulations."