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Monkeypox Emergency Declared in New York, California and Illinois as US Cases Rise

  • FEMA executive Fenton to become national monkeypox czar
  • Three states have announced emergencies as US cases near 6,000
Tents for a monkeypox vaccination clinic set up at the Balboa Sports Center in Los Angeles, California.

Tents for a monkeypox vaccination clinic set up at the Balboa Sports Center in Los Angeles, California.

Photographer: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

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President Joe Biden chose a federal official to lead US monkeypox response efforts as rising case numbers prompted California and Illinois to join New York in declaring the outbreak an emergency

Robert Fenton, a regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be White House monkeypox response coordinator, while Demetre Daskalakis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be Fenton’s deputy, according to a statement early Tuesday. Among their goals will be increasing equitable access to tests, vaccines and treatments.