Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has blasted Joe Biden over the president’s slow response to monkeypox vaccine shortages.
On Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries to be a global emergency.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., there is a national shortage of vaccines for the virus.
During an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Schiff took a swipe at President Biden and his team for botching the issue.
Host Margaret Brennan asked Schiff about the situation which has left his own constituents in California without access to the jabs.
“Before I go further on January 6, I do want to quickly just button up what Dr. Jha addressed in regard to that letter you wrote this week in regard to monkeypox,” she said.
“You said the federal response falls short in terms of supply and timeliness regarding a vaccine.
“The current supply accounts for only three and a half million residents.
“Some shipments are not even expected to arrive until 2023.
“Why do you think the federal response is failing when Dr. Jha says it’s contained and under control?”
“I don’t know why there aren’t more vaccines available,” Schiff responded,
“I’m hearing from health care providers in my district that there are people lining up to get vaccinated, and they don’t have the vaccines for them, and that is a real problem.
“As I think you indicated, we really don’t know the future course of this virus.
“But what we do now, early on, just as was the case with the pandemic, will determine just how bad this may get.
“And so I want to light a fire under the administration and get them to make sure that we up production, that we up distribution, and that people that are ready and willing and able to get vaccinated have the ability to protect themselves.”
The Biden admin. says it has Monkeypox under control, but Rep. Adam Schiff says the federal government’s response has fallen short.
“I want to light a fire under the administration and get them to make sure that we up production, that we up distribution,” he tells @margbrennan. pic.twitter.com/SKQ89AglT9
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