03 August 2022

US President Appoints Coordinator to Combat Moneypox

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Washington, August 03 (QNA) - US President Joe Biden on Tuesday named Robert Fenton as the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as the White House National Monkeypox Response Deputy Coordinator.
Fenton and Daskalakis will lead the Administration's strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including equitably increasing the availability of tests, vaccinations and treatments, the White House said.
Robert Fenton currently serves as Regional Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9 in the American West.
Demetre Daskalakis, a leading public health expert, is currently Director of the CDC Division of HIV Prevention.
Fenton and Daskalakis combined have over four decades of experience in Federal emergency response and public health leadership, including overseeing the operations and implementation of key components of the Biden Administrations response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and leading local and Federal public health emergency efforts.
Nearly 6,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States since last May, with about half of them reported in California, Illinois and New York.
On July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global health emergency.
Monkeypox symptoms appear in a form of fever, lymphadenopathy, and muscle aches, in addition to fatigue, chills, and a chickenpox-like rash on the hands and face, while the infection is transmitted through close physical contact. (QNA)


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