This Monday, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency as the monkeypox virus has spread in the country, in order to reinforce vaccination. The United States has confirmed more than 5,800 confirmed or probable cases of monkeypox, including nearly 800 cases in California. Even though the Biden administration has not declared a national public health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. After New York and Illinois, California is now the 3rd state to issue a state declaration regarding the disease. Even as vaccine shortages persist, California's emergency declaration allows administration of the monkeypox virus vaccine, which is approved by the FDA for residents. Newsom said in a news release that "California is working urgently at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that people most at risk be our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach."