President Biden Announces Monkeypox Response Team, Numbers Grow in the Carolinas

Today, President Biden announced a team to coordinate and manage the White House’s Monkeypox response efforts. The president named Robert Fenton, a regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to serve as White House National Moneypox Response Coordinator and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis to serve as the Deputy Coordinator. Fenton has twice served as acting administrator of FEMA. Daskalakis is currently the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention division of HIV prevention. According to the White House, both officials played ‘critical roles in making Covid vaccines more accessible for under-served communities and closing the equity gap in adult vaccination rates.’

Speaking of Monkeypox, the virus continues to spread throughout the United States. Currently in South Carolina, there are 16 reported cases and 53 reported cases in North Carolina. The first known cases of the virus in S.C. were reported on July 8th in the Midlands and Low-country. North Carolina reported it’s first case on June 23rd. Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, muscle and back aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms and rash. So far, the Biden administration has made more than 1.1 million doses of vaccines available in states and cities across the country to control the spread and has expanded testing capacity from 6,000 tests per week to over 80,000 per week.