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White House Sees Light at the End of the Mpox Tunnel

Even their critics say the work ‘paid off

In early August, as he prepared to take the stage at an international AIDS conference in Montreal, Demetre Daskalakis caught a brief glimpse into his immediate future.

Protesters had stormed the room, chanting as they commandeered the microphone. For the next 10 minutes, they took turns railing against the Biden administration’s response to the spiraling mpox outbreak, accusing its leaders of standing by as the crisis worsened.

“Once again, you dropped the ball,” one protester shouted from behind a sign that declared: “BIDEN YOU FAILED THE MPOX RESPONSE.”

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