President Biden Names White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator

United States President Joe Biden has officially named the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator as well as the White House National Monkeypox Response Deputy Coordinator.

Biden announced today that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regional administrator Robert Fenton is the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator, who will serve alongside Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV director Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, who will serve as the deputy coordinator. 

“Bob Fenton and Dr. Daskalakis are proven, effective leaders that will lead a whole of government effort to implement President Biden’s comprehensive monkeypox response strategy with the urgency that this outbreak warrants,” said Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President.

The appointments come as the country works to increase vaccination campaigns to contain an outbreak of monkeypox that has affected more than 5,800 Americans.

A recent emergency declaration for monkeypox was made in the states of California, Illinois, and New York.

According to the White House, Daskalakis is “widely known as a national expert on health concerns affecting the LGBGQIA+ communities,” which have been especially hard-hit by the monkeypox outbreak.

Monkeypox was officially diagnosed in the US for the first time in Massachusetts in May. Five days later, California reported its own case.

The White House said that Fenton and Daskalakis will cooperate with local and state partners to make sure they have enough supplies to test, treat, and immunize individuals who are at risk.

“We look forward to partnering with Bob Fenton and Demetre Dasklalakis as we work to end the monkeypox outbreak in America,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra.

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