Biden: Monkey-head threat not rising to COVID-19 level

President Joe Biden said on Monday that he worked to quell concerns over recent cases of monkey pox confirmed in Europe and the United States and said strict quarantine measures were not needed.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said in Tokyo a day after he said the coronavirus was “something to be concerned about” “I don’t think it has risen to the level of concern related to COVID-19.”

Monkeyheads are rarely found outside of Africa. However, as of Friday, there have been 80 confirmed cases worldwide, including at least two in the United States and 50 suspected. On Sunday, a suspected case of monkey pox was also being investigated in Broward County, South Florida, where state health officials said the area appeared to be related to overseas travel.

The disease belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, but the symptoms are milder. People usually recover within 2 to 4 weeks without needing to be hospitalized, but the disease is sometimes fatal.

Biden said the smallpox vaccine works against monkeypox. When asked if the U.S. has enough vaccine stockpiles to deal with the monkey pox outbreak, former Vice President Biden said “I think we can fully address the potential problem.”

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