Biden appoints FEMA monkeypox czar, as New York, Illinois, and California declare emergencies

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By RICHIE MALOUF | THE CENTER SQUARE

U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed two federal officials as the administration’s monkeypox coordinators.

Biden named Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Robert Fenton as the White House National Monkeypox Response Coordinator and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as the Deputy Coordinator. 

Since May 18, the number of cases of monkeypox has gone from 1 to 5,811 in the United States. Alaska has one confirmed case. Nearly all cases are among gay men having sex with multiple partners and spreading the disease among the gay community.

“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. “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.”

This announcement comes after California, New York, and Illinois have declared state emergencies amid rising monkeypox cases.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 5,811 cases throughout the United States, and the White House plans to accelerate its response to the outbreak and distribute the necessary medical supplies to those who need them. 

“The Administration has made over 1.1 million doses of vaccine available to states and cities across the country to control the spread of the virus, has expanded testing capacity from 6,000 tests per week to over 80,000 tests per week, and has communicated regularly with providers and local health departments encouraging them to utilize tests more often,” the White House said. “The Administration also recently launched its monkeypox research agenda, aiming to galvanize the international community to identify and address gaps in information on the virus to accelerate and strengthen the global response.” 

The administration estimates that its response may require up to $7 billion for tests, vaccines, and treatment options, according to a memo retrieved by The Washington Post. 

Unlike the COVID-19 virus, the Monkeypox virus spreads most commonly through close skin-to-skin contact, not through breathing in airborne particles.

The White House said it would coordinate efforts to ramp up its response to rising case numbers and help those most in need. 

“Over the coming weeks, under the leadership of Fenton and Daskalakis, the Administration will advance and accelerate the United States’ monkeypox response to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect individuals most at risk of contracting the virus, and care for those who have been afflicted with it,” the White House said.

27 COMMENTS

  1. For some reason, I do not think that I am at risk for coming down with monkeypox…

    I will remain vigilant, however, and reassess things as we move along.

      • Self-incurred disease, Z.

        Self-incurred.

        Therein lies the issue, does it not?

        Self-incurred means that it has no power over the non-incurred, otherwise it would be tyranny within a behavioral sense over the non-incurred, when the non-incurred have nothing to do with the disease as presented by the self-incurred.

  2. As the Gays in San Francisco continue their orgies, with no thought of putting their Roosters away for a few weeks to stop the spread of this disease that is basically in the Gay Community

  3. Does this make Robert Fenton a monkey’s uncle? They could just call this the “Revenge of the Planet of the Apes.”

  4. Czars are communists. Czars are not concommitant with our type of government a Constitutional republic. Impeachment is necessary.

    • No, everyone has to wear masks, isolate, and get the special donkey kong pox vax to protect the “men who prefer to have sex with men”.

  5. Obviously, the solution to this entirely artificial and wildly overhyped ’emergency’ is to blindly panic, put all trust in corrupt and self-serving authorities (such as Anthony Ouchie), and demand that the government strip us of even more of our few remaining freedoms.

  6. Why are we subsidizing a lifestyle? Research treatment – that might actually benefit all of humanity. But “and care for those who have been afflicted with it,” the White House said” – is taking money from my pocket to pay for the treatment of the results of behavior that is entirely preventable. Don’t the victims already have some form of insurance? Are the free vaccines as phony as the COVID vax? Another payout to big pharma? “Compassion” in this case is simply pandering.

  7. I think the take-home lesson here is to avoid NY, IL and CA. Clearly there are way too many gay orgies there if monkey pox is spreading that fast!

  8. The readers here are beyond ignorant. I come for the comments, but I don’t know why, but likely just my own sense of masochism.

  9. You of course mean the commenters, Z, right? How could you possibly know what the ‘readers’ think?

    That said, what have the commenters stated that was ‘beyond ignorant’?

    That this affliction is almost exclusively garnered by a specific community and personal action?

    That this affliction could be seemingly ended by engaging within non engaging behavior for a relatively short period of time?

    That this affliction could be seemingly ended by the ‘sacrifice’ of self-responsibility amongst said specific community?

    Pray tell, Z, how are those ignorant rather than pragmatic and thoughtful ideas?

  10. $7 billion to test and make vaccines available for monkeypox? If we had $7 billion to spend on grade school and junior high students, instructing them on the diseases associated with homosexuality, we’d be a much better off United States. Then, with the leftover change, we could give away free condoms to homos who can’t control themselves.

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