Biden doesn't think U.S. will need monkeypox quarantines, but 'people should be careful'

·1 min read
Joe Biden.
Joe Biden. Nicolas Datiche - Pool/Getty Images

President Biden said Monday he does not believe quarantines will be needed to stop the spread of monkeypox, The Washington Post reports.

As for any big outbreaks, Biden said he thinks the U.S. has enough of the smallpox vaccine to "deal with the likelihood of the problem."

Belgium is now the first country to impose a quarantine on residents, requiring those infected with monkeypox to isolate for 21 days. The World Health Organization has detected the virus in at least a dozen countries in which it is not typically endemic, the Post notes.

"I just don't think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with COVID-19, and the smallpox vaccine works for it. But, I think people should be careful," Biden added Monday. Studies indicate the smallpox vaccine is at least 85 percent effective against monkeypox, the Post reports, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Sunday, Biden said monkeypox is a "concern in that if it were to spread, it would be consequential."

You may also like

John Oliver has some complaints about Subway, America's largest restaurant chain

7 cartoons about replacement theory conspiracists

Analyst: Russian forces are 'bludgeoning their way through' Severodonetsk

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting