Multiple emergencies are straining the US public health system (CNN-Xinhua)

Health workers assist people waiting to be vaccinated at a monkeypox vaccination site in New York City, the United States, July 14, 2022. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — COVID-19, monkey pox, polio and influenza expected to reappear this fall are straining the U.S. public health system that relies heavily on vaccines to cope, reported CNN Monday.

“While the federal government will facilitate the transmission of these vaccines to the states, it will be the 2,820 state and local health departments that will lead the work of getting shot, and public experts say it is unclear that these offices have enough funds or staff to do the job,” said an article posted on CNN’s website.

After nearly three years of battling vaccine hesitancy, politics and a global pandemic, many of the country’s public health workers are frayed and leaving their posts. One in four health department heads quit their jobs, according to the article.

“Now these exhausted agencies are being asked to tackle new threats like monkeypox without additional funding to deal with them,” he said.

Meanwhile, vaccine hesitancy has been growing around the country, fueled by misinformation on social media, CNN said, noting that 19% of Americans reject any COVID-19 vaccine.

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