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White House COVID-19 Advisor Dr. Ashish Jha has assured Americans that monkeypox poses a “minor” risk to the general population, despite being declared an emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Not a single American monkey has died in this outbreak,” Jah said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t know worldwide — I think it’s a very small number, but zero Americans have died from monkeypox, so the risk to the general population is very low.”
The WHO has now declared the monkeypox virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus admitted on Saturday that the rate of infection did not previously meet the criteria, but has continued to rise since then.
More than 16,000 cases and five deaths have been confirmed in more than 75 countries and territories.
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Jha said he agreed with the challenge, as many countries struggle with COVID-19 without the necessary resources to defeat the epidemic, but stressed that the United States is prepared for the virus and can manage to contain the risk. lower for Americans.
I support it, he said. “I think Dr. Tedros made the right call. We are seeing monkeypox in many countries around the world, many of which are unable to control it.”
“Here in the United States, we have a little over 2,000 cases,” he continued. “We’ve significantly increased testing, we’ve significantly increased vaccinations.”
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Jha advised that the U.S. would hold off on declaring its own monkeypox emergency, saying that decision would depend on the “facts on the ground” and what health officials and services would be able to do.
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Jha also focused on President Biden’s COVID-19 infection in the past few days, assuring the public that White House medical staff and advisers have been transparent throughout the process, including that officials have identified and traced 17 people he had been in contact with. president and may be infected.
“None of them tested positive,” Jha said. “Of course, they all continue to follow the CDC’s masks and testing protocols, but no one that I know of has tested positive as of today.”
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Jah pointed out that Biden had two vaccines and two booster shots, which he said led to his “relatively mild” fight against the infection.
Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.