Biden Names Monkeypox Czar After 3 States Declare State Of Emergency

Biden Names Monkeypox Czar After 3 States Declare State Of Emergency


On Tuesday, President Biden appointed a national monkeypox response coordinator to address the growing outbreak, which has infected roughly 5,800 Americans and more than 23,000 people worldwide.

The White House tapped Robert Fenton, a regional manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and former acting head of the agency, to lead the government’s response. Demetre Daskalakis, currently the director of the CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention, will be his deputy.

“Bob’s experience in federal and regional response coordination, and Demetre’s vast knowledge of our public health systems’ strengths and limits will be instrumental as we work to stay ahead of the virus and advance a whole-of-government response,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said.

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The announcement comes days after California, Illinois, and New York declared a

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