Gay men are lining up as early as 2 a.m. for monkeypox vaccines. Many leave empty-handed

Gay men are lining up as early as 2 a.m. for monkeypox vaccines. Many leave empty-handed

SAN FRANCISCO -- The line begins to form before sunrise outside Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, with some people arriving as early as 2 a.m., bringing fold-up chairs and blankets to protect against the overnight chill. They wear face masks and keep a social distance from others, obeying the ground rules from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when the desperate need for vaccines far outweighed what federal and state governments could supply. This line of mostly men is waiting for the monkeypox virus vaccine. The illness is spreading rapidly and, on Thursday, the Biden administration declared it a public health emergency. Many however will leave empty-handed as local hospitals and clinics have had to rely on an inconsistent and insufficient supply of vaccines, a dilemma that has infuriated …
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