LAS VEGAS (AP/NEXSTAR) — President Donald Trump and the White House coronavirus task force held a briefing Monday to update the country on the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
President Trump expressed concern for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was recently moved to the intensive care unit of a hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. He said is working closely with England on this serious matter.
Regarding the Defense Production Act, it was announced by President Trump that an agreement was reached with 3M company to supply 55.5M high-quality face masks each month to the US.
1.79 million coronavirus tests have been performed in the US according to President Trump. He says we have done more testing than any other country, with the number growing by 125,000 per day.
“100 billion dollars in direct support is going to our hospitals,” President Trump said in regards to the stimulus money distribution.
When reporters asked when the US can ‘get back to normal, he replied, “Right now we are in the middle of a very tense mitigation.”
In regards to making a national ‘Stay At Home’ order, President Trump says he’d rather leave the decision in the hands of governors of each state.
“We have been able to easily meet all the ventilator requirements brought up by the state,” said Admiral Giroir regarding 9,000 ventilators available in federal reserve, according to President.
“We will have millions on the market by May,” regarding antibody tests able to determine from a person’s blood if they are immune from the virus, most likely won’t carry or catch the virus again. The FDA and NIH hope to have millions of these tests available soon.
“We have to do everything we can,” said Dr. Birx regarding not going to the grocery or pharmacy for the next week, in coronavirus task force update.
Vice President Pence announced during the coronavirus task force update that President Trump has approved 50 major disaster declarations, 4.1 billion dollars has been distributed to states, and 21,000 National Guardsmen activated.
“We’re beginning to see a leveling,” said VP Pence.
Earlier, Pres. Trump said California Gov. Newsom will send 500 ventilators to states that need them. Today, Vice President Pence said 100 of those ventilators will come to Nevada.
President Trump also said New York Governor Cuomo asked permission to use the USNS Comfort for COVID-19 patients. The president approved this request and is also allowing New Jersey to use the ship for COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Fauci says requests for ventilators have been reduced. “We cut off the stream of people who required extreme methods,” added Fauci.
President Donald Trump and his administration kept up their out-sized promotion Monday of an anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting the new coronavirus, even though scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against COVID-19.
Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro championed hydroxychloroquine in television interviews a day after the president publicly put his faith in the medication to lessen the toll of the coronavirus pandemic.
“What do I know, I’m not a doctor,” Trump said Sunday. “But I have common sense.”
Trump held out promise for the drug as he grasps for ways to sound hopeful in the face of a mounting death toll and with the worst weeks yet to come for the U.S. The virus has killed more than 10,000 in the U.S., and measures meant to contain its spread have taken a painful economic toll and all but frozen life in large swaths of the country.
But medical officials warn that it’s dangerous to be hawking unproven remedies, and even Trump’s own experts have cautioned against it.
The American Medical Association’s president, Dr. Patrice Harris, said she personally would not prescribe the drug for a coronavirus patient, saying the risks of severe side-effects were “great and too significant to downplay” without large studies showing the drug is safe and effective.
The U.S. surgeon general said Sunday that Americans should brace for levels of tragedy reminiscent of the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, while the nation’s infectious disease chief warned that the new coronavirus may never be completely eradicated from the globe.
Those were some of the most grim assessments yet for the immediate future and beyond. But hours later, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence tried to strike more optimistic tones, suggesting that hard weeks ahead could mean beginning to turn a corner.
“We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel,” Trump said at an evening White House briefing. Pence added, “We are beginning to see glimmers of progress.”
The president also insisted that both assessments from his administration — they came within 12 hours of each other — didn’t represent an about-face or were even “that different.”
“I think we all know that we have to reach a certain point — and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death — but it’s also a point at which things are going to start changing,” Trump said. “We’re getting very close to that level right now.”