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Joe Biden on Monkeypox: 'Everyone should be worried'

 

Joe Biden on Monkeypox: 'Everyone should be worried'


President Biden said on Sunday that the latest instances of monkeypox discovered in the United States and Europe should alarm "everyone."


Before leaving South Korea for Japan, Biden fielded questions from reporters and claimed his health experts had not yet informed him on the disease's "degree of exposure," other than to say that spreading it would be "consequential."


"They haven't informed me the extent of the exposure yet," Biden added, "but it is something that everyone should be concerned about." "We're putting in a lot of effort to find out what we're going to do and whether or not there's a vaccination for it."


"However, it is a problem in the sense that if it spreads, it will have serious consequences." "They've only told me that," Biden continued.



Later, on Air Force One, White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan informed reporters that the US had vaccinations available to deploy that are "important to treating monkeypox." Sullivan said he has been informing Biden on the issue based on written updates from the administration's health officials, who is presently on a multiday trip to Asia.


Monkeypox is an uncommon virus found mostly in Africa, but recent confirmed occurrences in the United States, Europe, and Canada have baffled experts and raised concerns.

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