President Joe Biden has named a national coordinator to help develop strategies for dealing with the monkeypox outbreak as states continue to declare states of emergency amid climbing case counts.
Biden is expected to announce Robert Fenton, a former acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as White House coordinator for the Associated Press (AP) on Tuesday. informed of on Monday. Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, who is currently the President HIV/AIDS Prevention Department The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to be named deputy coordinator.
As of Monday evening, there were at least 23,620 confirmed cases of monkeypox globally and 5,811 in the US. according to CDC. The first US case was confirmed on May 18. Domestic incidence of monkeypox has increased dramatically over the past month, with the number of cases reported daily Emerging From single digits in early July to hundreds by the end of the month.
The White House coordinator was announced on the same day that California Governor Gavin Newsom and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared a monkey emergency in their states. New York Governor Cathy Hochulu declared Emergency on 29 July due to the outbreak.
Both Newsom and Pritzker Told That their emergency declarations would help the state’s efforts to combat the virus in vulnerable populations, which include but are not limited to men who currently have sex with men.
Monkeypox vaccines are in short supply nationally due to a limited stockpile and the time required to manufacture additional doses of the latest and safest version. The reduction is particularly evident in more demanding areas due to the large LGBTQ population. Some San Francisco residents lined up for hours on Monday hoping to get a jab.
“California is working urgently at all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, taking advantage of our strong testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that vaccines, treatments and Those most at risk for outreach are our focus,” Newsom said in Statement After declaring a state of emergency.
“We will continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and fight stigma against the LGBTQ community,” he said.
The White House reportedly said that Fenton and Daskalakis “will be responsible for coordinating strategy and operations to combat the current outbreak of monkeypox, including equitably increasing the availability of testing, vaccination and treatment.”
“I personally think we’re dealing with a really serious issue here,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the AP. “There are a lot of unknowns. A lot is known about monkeypox, but there are still a lot of unknowns.”
“So we really have to implement the interventions we have, get a better feel for natural history and the scope and reach out to the community as a whole, and that’s why I think the combination of Bob and Demetre is really I have a good combination,” he added.
newsweek reached the White House for comment.