U.S. President Joe Biden will choose senior representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lead the response to monkeypox, Reuters reported citing the Associated Press.
Robert Fenton, the temporary administrator of FEMA who oversaw the widespread immunization campaign against COVID-19 in February 2021, will manage the White House’s reaction to the monkeypox outbreak.
According to the news source, the Director of the CDC’s HIV prevention section Demetre Daskalakis will serve as Fenton’s deputy.
In order to effectively tackle the current monkeypox outbreak, the two would collaborate on “strategy and operations, including equally boosting the availability of diagnostics, immunizations, and treatments,” the White House informed the Associated Press.
Since the first case was verified in Massachusetts on May 20, more than 3,500 cases of monkeypox have been recorded throughout the country.
The World Health Organization has deemed the illness, which results in skin lesions and symptoms similar to the flu, a worldwide health emergency.