As Monkeypox cases climb in the U.S., officials are stepping up their response. : Consider This from NPR Public health experts know what it takes to get a disease outbreak under control - widespread testing and treatment, and vaccines made available to communities most at risk.

But in the last two months of the Monkeypox outbreak, the response has not met the need. And there's been criticism that the missteps look a lot like the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, with more than 1,400 confirmed cases in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more help is on the way. Testing capacity is increasing along with vaccine doses.

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about the federal government's response to Monkeypox and whether it's enough to contain the outbreak.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

As Monkeypox Cases Climb, U.S. Officials Increase Testing and Order More Vaccine Doses

As Monkeypox Cases Climb, U.S. Officials Increase Testing and Order More Vaccine Doses

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Fire Island, N.Y.: A vial of the Monkeypox vaccine is displayed by a medical professional at vaccination site at the Northwell Health offices at Cherry Grove on Fire Island, New York on July 13, 2022. Newsday LLC/Newsday via Getty Images hide caption

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Fire Island, N.Y.: A vial of the Monkeypox vaccine is displayed by a medical professional at vaccination site at the Northwell Health offices at Cherry Grove on Fire Island, New York on July 13, 2022.

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Public health experts know what it takes to get a disease outbreak under control - widespread testing and treatment, and vaccines made available to communities most at risk.

But in the last two months of the Monkeypox outbreak, the response has not met the need. And there's been criticism that the missteps look a lot like the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, with more than 1,400 confirmed cases in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more help is on the way. Testing capacity is increasing along with vaccine doses.

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky about the federal government's response to Monkeypox and whether it's enough to contain the outbreak.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Ayen Bior and Mia Venkat. It was edited by Scott Hensley, Bridget Kelley and Ashley Brown. Additional reporting in this episode from WNYC reporter Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.