BREAKING NEWS: President Biden picks Fauci approved US monkeypox outbreak response team

President Biden picks Fauci approved US monkeypox outbreak response team Credit: lev radin/Shutterstock.com

President Biden announced his picks for the US monkeypox response team, naming FEMA’s Robert Fenton as the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as the White House National Monkeypox Response Deputy Coordinator, as reported on Tuesday, August 2.

President Biden’s US monkeypox response team will “lead the Administration’s strategy and operations to combat the current monkeypox outbreak, including equitably increasing the availability of tests, vaccinations and treatments.”

Robert Fenton is the Regional Administrator for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Region 9 in the American West, with nearly 50 million people in his area of responsibility.

He is reportedly “one of the Nation’s most experienced and effective emergency management leaders.”

Demetre Daskalakis is Director of the CDC Division of HIV Prevention. He is reportedly “a national expert on health issues affecting the LGBGQIA+ communities, with his clinical practice focusing on providing care for the underserved LGBTQIA+ communities.”

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra stated:

“We look forward to partnering with Bob Fenton and Demetre Dasklalakis as we work to end the monkeypox outbreak in America.”

“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.”

Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President stated: 

“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.”

“From Bob’s work at FEMA leading COVID-19 mass vaccination efforts and getting vaccines to underserved communities to Demetre’s extensive experience and leadership on health equity and STD and HIV prevention, this team will allow the Biden Administration to further accelerate and strengthen its monkeypox response.”

One Twitter user reported that activists had complained about Biden’s slow response to the monkeypox outbreak.

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Twitter has seen an influx of thousands of varied tweets on monkeypox, as the outbreaks continue:

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The news comes just after Eric Adams, the Mayor of New York City in the US issued an emergency executive order over the monkeypox outbreak, on Monday, August 1.


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