Biden says monkeypox cases something to “be concerned about”

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Pyeongtaek, South Korea — President Biden said Sunday that recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States were something “to be concerned about. Mr. Biden made his first public comments about the disease. He said: “It’s a concern in which it could spread. It would be consequential. “

The president was asked about the disease as he spoke to reporters at Osan Air Base in South Korea, where he visited troops before taking off for Japan to continue his first trip to Asia as president.

” They haven’t yet told me the level, but it is something everyone should be concerned about,” Biden stated. Biden said that research was ongoing to determine if the vaccine would be effective.

Jake Sullivan was Biden’s national security advisor and stated to reporters on the flight to Tokyo that the United States had a supply of vaccine that could be used to treat monkeypox. “

” We have vaccine available to deploy for that purpose,” he stated. Sullivan stated that Biden was receiving regular updates about the outbreak.

Monkeypox is rarely identified outside of Africa, but as of Friday, there were 80 confirmed cases worldwide, including at least two in the United States, and another 50 suspected ones. The first case was confirmed in Massachusetts last week, and authorities in New York were investigating another presumptive infection.

Although the disease belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, its symptoms are milder. Although most people recover in two to four weeks, the disease can sometimes be fatal.

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