Moderna completed its application and FDA experts are looking
closely at the data, Jha said on ABC's This Week with George
Stephanopoulos, adding that the analysis is likely to be
completed in the next few week and that a final decision would
follow a meeting of the agency's expert advisers.
"So my hope is that it's going to be coming in the next few
weeks," he said.
Jha said he expects more cases of monkeypox in the next few
days, but that the United States is equipped to handle the virus
because treatments and vaccines for it are available.
A large outbreak of monkeypox outside of Africa, where it is
typically found, has caused concern among health experts. So far
there have been 92 confirmed cases in areas not endemic to the
virus - mostly in Europe - with one in the United States.
"I am confident we're going be able to keep our arms around it,"
Jha said, "but we're going to track it very closely and use the
tools we have to make sure that we continue to prevent further
spread and take care of the people who get infected."
(Reporting by Ahmed AbouleneinEditing by Bill Berkrot)
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