First, I’d like to show you the current $1 billion plus contract for Jynneos, inked in 2017. This came after the contract for the first 20 million doses had been completed, which cost (approximately) a first $Billion. But the USG can’t find the doses.
Monkeypox is a real virus that spreads due to skin contact, almost exclusively. If you don’t want to call it a virus, that is okay with me. It is a contagious something that spreads person to person or rarely between animals and humans. If you are not in really closely contact with someone while they are harboring a replicating virus, you won’t get it. Okay, sheets and towels and [smallpox] blankets might spread it, based on experience with smallpox.
The CDC wants to reinvent itself so we can all trust it again. This would require it to produce guidance that is helpful, not harmful, and to be truthful—which it has been unable to do so far, and I don’t think it knows how.