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  White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing  CSPAN  March 21, 2020 4:01pm-5:33pm EDT

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follow the coronavirus information interactive maps and charts and briefings watch briefings with public health specialists. any time, unfiltered at next, president trump a briefing by the coronavirus task force updating response to the pandemic. he was joined by vice president pence and medical and health officials.
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members of the town -- task force are here. and one of them coming any moment now. obviously this is of great interest. among those who are here today. trade representatives. dr. fauci. [indiscernible]
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and the president and vice president. thank you. [standing by for start of event] [camera shutters clicking] pres. trump: that you very much. a lot of news going on. we are going over to the hill
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we are going over to the hill and having a lot of meetings. from the financial, this is a medical situation, not a financial situation. the financial is moving along nicely. i want to thank you for being here and update you on the progress we have made. in a week of extraordinary mobilization. governors, mayors, and citizens are all working with urgency and speed toward one common goal, which is saving american lives. we are in communication with foreign countries. it is now at 148 countries. can you believe that? you talk about a spread, a violent spread. 148 countries. not even believable. it has been a week of national action and great national solidarity. people are getting along. we are getting along with republicans and democrats. independents and liberals and conservatives. it is a nice thing to see.
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we are all one beautiful, big american family and that is taking place right now. last night i approved a major disaster declaration for the state of new york. i worked very closely with governor cuomo. this is the first time in our nation's history that the president has used the stafford act to declare a disaster in response to a public health crisis. i am considering other areas where we may or may not be doing that. working very closely with gavin newsom, governor of california and others. we may be doing the same thing depending on their needs. depending on what they are asking for. it has been unprecedented action in new york and we had a tremendous federal response all over the country. i want to thank all of the
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people in the federal government and obviously in the state governments and local governments. we are working hard. everybody is working hard. the people standing alongside me or working very hard, that i can tell you. we have also reached agreements with canada and mexico on new travel rules at our northern and southern borders to halt entry of the chinese virus while continuing trade and commerce. we've had very good talks. with prime minister trudeau and today with president lopez obrador. to temporarily suspend non-essential travel. we had a great conversation this morning. president of mexico. our close cooperation with mexico and canada will keep our people healthy, keep their people healthy.
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keep everybody safe. yesterday i had a call with 12,000 small businesses, representatives of these businesses. that is the engine of our country. people don't realize that. you read all about the big ones, but the small businesses are the economic engine of our country. i assured them that my administration is doing everything in its considerable power to support them and their employees. no one has ever done what we have done. likewise, i had calls during the week with all sorts of representatives and systems, like the hospital system. we spoke to many of the hospital systems throughout the country. nurses and doctors, presented to us representing hundreds of thousands of nurses and doctors. airlines and cruise ship companies. the business roundtable, which was fully attended, and it is all of the top ceos of our country and beyond.
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these are world-styled businessmen. these are businessmen that control the biggest companies in the world. many of them have taken hits and many of them are going forward. their businesses have been great. some have been very badly affected. frankly, some are doing very well. they continue to do well. walmart is an example. doug mcmillon, head of walmart, really helpful to us. i guess, i assume they are doing pretty well because people are certainly buying more than even a clip at christmas. they doing incredibly. they put on tremendous extra staff. you don't have empty shelves. a lot of things have happened that are very good. restaurants, grocery stores, all retailers -- literally, all of
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them. in groups. we spoke with the g7 leaders at length, which you know. we spoke to many of the governors, spoke to almost all of the governors. in conference calls. and many governors individually. more importantly, the religious leaders. we had a great conversation yesterday. the vice president and myself, with the religious leaders of our country. we've had a number of them during the course of the last two weeks. yesterday we had a very significant call with the religious leaders of our country. i signed legislation providing american workers with paid sick leave and paid family medical leave. at no cost to employers. and free testing for those who need it. the testing is going very well.
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the admiral speak to that, along with tony. we are working quickly to pass additional legislation that will provide massive relief to small businesses and affected industries and give direct payments to our great workers and hard-working american families. there has never been anything like we are doing on the hill right now. mitch mcconnell, chuck schumer. they are all up there. nancy pelosi. they are all negotiating and everybody is working hard and they want to get to a solution that is the right solution. i think we are getting very closed. -- very close. we also announced we moved tax day july 15, it is a big deal. giving businesses and individuals extra time to file and pay without interest or penalties. so, we moved the date way back. it will be july 15 instead of your traditional april 15. you will have a lot of time, but you're not going to have interest penalties for any kind of penalties by failing at that later date.
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hud announced that evictions are suspended for the next 60 days. for single-family homeowners with fha insured mortgages. our great head of hud, ben carson, is going to say a few words. the department of education will not enforce standardized testing. aich is another big deal, requirement for students in elementary through high school for the current school year. not fair to do that. so, we are waiving that. i imagine it will be the first time ever. i think it is only fair to the students and the parents of the students. it is also waiving interest and other things we are discussing right now on federal held student loans and directed borrowers to be able to suspend their payments without penalty for at least 60 days. we will be talking about student loans.
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to help the students. they are under a great burden right now. we will be talking about that further. during the 60 day. we are waiving important , elements on student loans. a big subject. i signed an executive order invoking the defense production act, as you all know, giving us powerful new authorities to help states, cities, and hospitals procure needed supplies. there has been a clear call to action to the private sector. it has been amazing what has happened with the private sector. they are really in sixth gear, i think. which is responding in full force. helping to produce and supply much-needed masks swabs, sanitizers, ventilators, and everything else. there is a move on that is incredible right now and by way , of example, hanes. great company.
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great consumer cotten products company is retrofitting its manufacturing capabilities and large sections of their plants to produce masks. they are in that process right now. at my direction, the fda has taken steps to make these items available for medical use right now. most excitingly to me is what the fda has done to possibly a very successful number of therapeutics, medicines that can help people that are already sick. help people not get sick. obviously, he knew about the vaccine and tony will discuss that later. the vaccine is moving along. this is something for right now, it is incredible. but the fda has done, and dr. stephen hahn, a highly respected
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man. he has been fantastic. he has only been here for a couple of months and he has gotten thrown into the swim of it. the fda has really moved mountains. they moved mountains to get approvals on things that maybe work. we will find out very soon. an example of pierre ricard, which, this is an example where we are repurposing alcohol. they went out and repurposed
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their whole production capabilities in arkansas, kentucky, texas, and west virginia to make an sanitizers. it is the nerve center of our government response to crisis and it is coordinating closely with our nation's governors. many of you were at the call yesterday with the governors. i think you can see the relationship. and we have had numerous calls with governors. by the way are pretty amazing. they are loving what we are doing and the coordination between the federal government and the governors, states, and even local has been pretty incredible. the fema administrator pete gaynor will soon be providing you with an update on the centers operations and fema has been incredible.
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we got them involved last week. we have dramatically expanded telehealth, so americans can see a doctor without leaving home. now the ones who are using it are loving it. i think we are going to change the way our country functions medically, and probably in other ways because of what is going on right now. this will reduce the chance of infection and preserve hospital capacity. every american has a role to play in defending our nation from this invisible, horrible enemy. it really is an invisible enemy. we will be very successful. hopefully sooner than people with thanks. we say, stay at home and save lives. it is a time of shared national sacrifice, but it is also a time to treasure our loved ones and take stock of what is most important. i want to thank all of the incredible people of our country, the citizens of our country what you've done and the way you are responding has been very special.
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something that we will never forget. that the history books will never forget. we are going to have a great victory. we will be celebrating a great victory in the future. now i will introduce our vice president, mike pence, who has let the task force. -- led i will tell you this. he has not slept much. maybe a tiny bit. maybe a little bit. but not much. and he has done an incredible job. mike, thank you. vice pres. pence: good afternoon. thank you, mr. president.
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the white house task force met today. we briefed the president on our latest recommendations. we continue, at the president's direction, to lead not a whole of government approach, but a whole of america approach. you heard the president share one inspiring story after another of the way the american people are responding. the american people are coming together. they are responding with common sense, compassion, and generosity. people are heeding the advice of authorities and tens of millions of americans are putting into practice, 15 days to slow the spread. we are officially, mr. president, six days into our 15 days. as we look across this country, while we strongly support the decisions of governors and state
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we havetes where significant outbreak, we encourage every american to listen. for every american, this is what you can do to make a difference over the next week and a few days to protect your health, protect your families health, but most especially slowly spread and the potential for the coronavirus to impact the most vulnerable. as the president said, we have almost been overwhelmed. the outpouring of support from american businesses. president spoke yesterday to thousands of small businesses. we spoke to manufacturers yesterday. in fact, as the president indicated, the fda, in record time, just approved one manufacturer who will be
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producing millions of surgical masks in a matter of weeks. the pastors we spoke to, we want to thank all of the religious leaders from every community of faith in the country. making the hard choice to suspend services, to have online services, even while those ministries are continuing to support food banks and come alongside the most vulnerable. and of course, the chorus of prayers that is coming up from the communities of faith in this country is making the difference that it always has in the life of this nation. one thing the president and i promised was to remind people that on the weekends you are not in the pews it is still a good idea, if you can, to go ahead and make that donation. all of the ministries are continuing to play a vital role in our communities. and we encourage or continued support. encourage your continued support. the president and i are grateful that the american people are
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listening to state and local authorities and putting into practice all of the recommendations in the president's coronavirus guidelines. as you will hear in just a few moments, testing is expanding rapidly across the united states of america. state drive-through's are expanding across the country. as you will hear, now more than an 195,000 americans and more who have been symptomatic have been tested. that number does not include county hospitals or health care labs around the nation. some 15,000 in number. of the 195,000 that have been tested, it is important to remember that only 19,000 have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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we continue to urge state and local authorities to contact fema for all the latest developments and innovations in testing. we want to remind americans, as dr. fauci will emphasize, if you don't have symptoms, don't do a test. it is another way that the american people can make sure that we are preserving resources that are health-care workers health-care workers need to minister and support those dealing with the coronavirus and other illnesses. in a moment pete gaynor will detail the efforts at fema. since the president's national emergency declaration we have , fema in the lead. they stood up the national coordination center. we are working closely, literally, hour-by-hour through fema, processing requests from states most impacted like new york, washington state, and california. we will continue to work closely with those states through the means of federal emergency management at fema. secretary carson will describe decisive actions the president alluded to. to bring foreclosure relief to
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americans. on the subject of supplies, in a moment he will hear of not only the progress we're are making on testing, but on monday we will be detailing the progress we are making on the president's strategy of procuring more personal protective equipment and medical supplies. allocating them through fema and continuing to urge conservation by americans. i'm pleased to report to the president today that hhs just placed an order for hundreds of millions of n95 masks that will be being made available to health-care providers across the country. on behalf of the president we urge our call for americans to postpone elective medical procedures. this is another way that you are going to make sure radical supplies are available. by postponing elective medical
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procedures you are freeing up medical supplies. as the president our team is on capitol hill as we speak working with members of congress. of both political parties. they are making progress, by all accounts, on a bipartisan bill. they worked late into the night last night, started early this morning, and we are working to pass legislation on monday in both the house and senate. on a personal note, many of you may have been made aware that a member of my staff has tested positive for the coronavirus. we learned of that late yesterday. i am pleased to report that he is doing well. he had mild, cultlike symptoms for about a day and a half. has not been to the white house since monday. neither the president nor i had direct contact with that staff person. we worked immediately with a white house physician and the cdc. we have done contact tracing. the white house doctor has indicated he has no reason to
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believe i was exposed. no reason to be tested. given the unique position i have, both i and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon. let me say again how grateful the president and i are that every american has acted on the president's coronavirus guidelines. we are six days into 15 days that, as dr. fauci may reflect, is an opportunity for us here on the footholds of this epidemic curve in our country, to literally lower the impact in our nation and save lives. every american can do their part to slow the spread. and we encourage you each to continue to do that. as the president says, we are all in this together. also remember that, for most americans the risk of serious illness from the coronavirus
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remains low. the reason we want to put into practice the president's coronavirus guidelines is because no american would want to inadvertently expose someone who is vulnerable. a senior with an underlying health condition, to the coronavirus. i did hear one story this morning about a senior. she is named. she is actually at the life care center in kirkland, washington. she is not only a grandmother. she is a great great grandmother. 90 years young. she tested positive for the coronavirus on march 6. by all accounts, she is doing well. she wanted america to know there is hope. her strength and enthusiasm is an inspiration to the nation. as the president said, we are going to get through this. and come out stronger than ever before. we will get through this as americans, together. thank you, mr. president. pres. trump: thank you. thank you, mike.
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>> as i told you earlier last week, we are in the process of effectively transitioning to large-scale testing by leveraging all of the components of the american health care system. when we started it was cdc only. then it was the state laboratories. now we are transitioning into the mainstream of american testing. with many of the companies the president invited in the rose garden one week ago. currently, 91 public health laboratories, state health public laboratories, or up and running. in 50 states, the district of columbia, guam, and puerto rico. this is our curve. this only accounts for cdc state public health laboratories and the laboratories that are members of the american clinical laboratory association. these are the main reference laboratories.
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it does not account for the over 10,000, 15,000 hospital-based labs, many of which are doing testing, for whom we will get data this week. to give you an overall roll up. as you can see, over 195,000 people in america have completed their testing. that means test plus results. this does not county people whose tests are in process. this curve will continue to rise dramatically over the next. of time. again, this is utilizing all of the components of the great american health care system. the state and local health care laboratories. the hospital system, which is not represented here, and the main reference laboratories. i want to make it clear that although testing is becoming more available and dr. fauci will definitely emphasize this more, there are priorities for testing.
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clearly, everyone should understand that those hospitalized or in an icu are a priority for testing. symptomatic health-care workers, for obvious reasons we want to make sure that their health is preserved and they are not going to spread to those who are ill. the elderly in our society have a much higher complication rate. symptomatic individuals over 65. symptomatic individuals who have underlying conditions like chronic heart disease or liver disease. patients in public health investigations. there are local priorities around the country, particularly health-care workers. dr. fauci is going to emphasize this, about the types of people may not need to be tested. testing is wrapping up, but we up.amping
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but we should still have priorities. i want to talk about the community-based testing sites. there is an acronym. sites.r cbt we talked about these earlier in the week. i wanted to emphasize that these are state managed and locally executed. the federal government is there to provide support, know-how, blueprints on how to do this, these are really springing up at dozens of sites all over the country, adapted to the local needs. some are drive-through, some are walk up, some are geared to emergency responders. what we've seen in the upcoming week is this curve will continue to increase as testing becomes more available. as the american health care industry continues to increase the availability of test and the throughput of those tests. dr. fauci: thank you very much. what i'm going to do is connect
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some of the dots, the things that you have heard today. first, the status of the dynamics of the outbreak. you all know the numbers. you have seen them. we have widespread infection to varying degrees throughout the country. so, for example when you talk , about the mitigation issues that we have emphasized, just as i mentioned, there are two dynamic forces going on. you are having the natural course of an outbreak trying to peak. at a high level. where you have the mitigation strategies which are aimed at dampening that. mentioned that multiple times. we have we get asked, how do you know you are having an effect? because there are two things happening at the same time. they may be confounding. i can tell you from a public health standpoint, we know we are clearly having an effect, but we cannot quantitate it for
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you accurately now because looking forward, you will know what the impact of the rate of these steep inclines will be. that is why we are going to come back every day and keep you up-to-date. with regard to the disproportionate response, this is baseline for everyone. i will open up the vice president's book with permission. throughout the country. throughout the country. in other words, there will be you have heard them areas, , washington state, california, new york city, in which the dynamics are different and much more robust. if you want to use that word. that is the reason why we've seen the mitigation ratcheted up in that regard. hopefully -- and i have and again, confidence that will happen -- you will see an impact on that. next, getting testing. to you saw the numbers with testing. remember, there was always an issue with testing.
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i think we are getting to the solution that everybody is looking for. but i want to emphasize one thing that the admiral giroir mentioned. not every single person needs to get tested. he gave you the priorities. i do not want to repeat them. let me tell you one of the unintended consequences of individuals who don't need to get tested. that flood the desire to get tested. currently -- and i hope we will be able to change it -- when you -- and make it much less reliant on ppe's. when you go and get tested, you are consuming personal protective equipment. masks and gowns. those are high-priority for the health care workers who are taking care of people who have coronavirus disease. so what we don't want to do is to have a situation where we do have a disparity in availability of ppe's. now and we are working hard to correct that. but currently today, we want to
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make sure that the people who are taking care of people with chronic virus disease, do not endanger themselves because they do not have their personal protective equipment. and finally, one last thing was just mentioned. the surgeon general has been pushing this. please, put off, cancel elective surgical and medical procedures. for the time being, don't do them. because they also not only consume equipment, they may also consume some of the things like ventilators you might need. so, let's pull in this together and we will get through it. thank you. >> fema is leading the federal operation response for all operations on behalf of the white house coronavirus task force. from what we have seen in this whole of nation response hhs
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, will continue to provide their matter of expertise on health. pursuant to the nationwide andpursuant to the nationwide emergency declaration, and female, in coordination with hhs is assisting state, local , tribal, territorial governments and other eligible entities with protective measures on behalf of the american public. as of yesterday, 50 states, the district of columbia, five territories, and one tribe are working directly with fema. under the nationwide emergency declaration for covid-19. in just 24 hours we have obligated $100 million to states, territories, and tribes. a bit about supplies. it is of the utmost importance that requests for assistance get -especially for critical supplies-get routed through proper channels as quickly as possible. we ask everyone to follow the normal procedures fema uses in a national disaster. there is no different procedure for the covid-19 pandemic.
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you can still order supplies from your regular vendors and on the open market. buy it where you can find it -- we will reimburse you. if you buy medical supplies from foreign sources, it is reversible. buy american does not apply to the stafford act. except for washington, d.c., and puerto rico. if you cannot buy it on the open market make a request through , the fema system. from states to the regional fema offices, then from those offices right here in d.c. where the national response coordination center is open and running. we are getting requests for masks, ppe, ventilators, supports, test site hospital capacity assessments, , and more. we are lockstep with hhs to answer these requests. but we will do whatever is necessary to get states, tribes, territories and others what they need. finally what we're doing here in , washington dc -- again, this is a whole of government response.
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like all emergencies, response is most successful when it is locally executed and federally supported and state managed. on thursday our partners fully integrated with our national coordination response coordination center. all 10 fema regions across the country have been activated. the regional administrators will continue to coordinate with governors, state emergency managers, and health officials to determine the support needed. to respond to this dynamic threat. thank you, sir. pres. trump: appreciate it. ben? sec. carson: thank you, mr. president. for your tireless leadership here. i also want to thank the fellow task force members who have been working around the clock. a very patriotic way to serve their fellow americans. you know, part of the american dream is having a home. sometimes people say, what does housing have to do with health? it has everything to do with health, having a safe home.
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that is the reason the president has authorized the immediate cessation of foreclosure and eviction proceedings. four american citizens, single-family, mortgages, as well as reverse mortgages. as you know, fhfa has also decided to do the same thing for 60 days. the cfpb is happy with this as and well. it is all about helping our people recognizing that they are being severely impacted by the coronavirus. we have also asked the various servicers of mortgage loans to exercise forbearance for anybody having difficulty. it is important if you are having difficulty to contact the people who made the loan, because it does not happen
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automatically. what does happen automatically is that we cover all 8.5 million people in terms of the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. we want to also, for the pha to be protected, hud does not have authority to mandate that evictions can't occur, but we are in contact with all of the pha's across the country and are petitioning congress the power to be able to enforce that. most of the pha's are run by people who actually care about other people. so, we haven't seen much of a problem there. we haven't seen much of a problem with forbearance and needing to try to force people to do it. because they want to do it. people are stepping up and
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saying, what can we do to be helpful? as far as housing choice as far as housing choice vouchers, section 8, the april vouchers will be sent out next week. may vouchers are already being worked on. we are also staying in contact with all of the stakeholders, the advocates for low income housing, as well as other stakeholders, to make sure that we are doing things that are most helpful to them. additionally, we have extended the deadlines for health care and multifamily financial reporting requirements. that is for over 20,000 multifamily and health care borrowers, until april 30. that provides them with a lot more flexibility to deal with the issues they are dealing with. i also want to thank our fha commissioner, as well as the
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fhfa director and the director of cfpb, who have all worked tirelessly to make this happen. what we are trying to do is bridge the gap. recognizing that it is a lot easier for us to take these measures and for congress to take the measures they are taking so we don't destroy a very excellent system and have to start all over again. for those who are worried about the money that is being spent, if you don't spend the money and deal with this now, it is going to cost a whole lot more to build all this up again. as was mentioned, there has been a sense of unity that we have not seen for a long time in this country.
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let's hope and pray that that unity lasts far beyond this crisis. pres. trump: ben, thank you very much. >> if you've lost your job now or you are worried you were going to lose your job tomorrow, what do you want people to do immediately? second question. you heard from the vice president that he is going to be tested. pres. trump: i just took one. >> but how are you feeling? pres. trump: i feel great. >> you took the one so far? pres. trump: i feel great. one so far. >> for those people that have lost their job already or they are worried, what do you want them to do? pres. trump: what they do is keep receiving their paycheck. hopefully their companies are going to be in a very strong position. we want to keep everything together. we think we're going to have a tremendous bounce back. some people agree with that nowsome people agree with that strongly. some of our top economists. they think once we solve the we're going to have a very problem that we are working on, , the medical problem. we want them to keep their jobs, so stay where you are. if they don't, we have
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nowif they don't, we have unemployment, have checks, we , have a lot of eggs happening. nobody has ever done this is . working with democrats, there is republicans and democrats and myself working together. nobody has ever done a package like this. it is a great package. but, ideally we want them to be , able to keep their jobs, keep the pay coming. and i think that is going to happen. >> on your defense production active power, one feature of that is the federal government would be able to control the output, whether masks or ventilators get it to the most , areas of need, and control the pricing to keep it at a market level. so it is not price gouging. one of the things we are hearing from governors, it can't find supplies and prices have gone up. you've talked about the act but you have not yet compelled any companies. why not? pres. trump: we have so many companies making so many products. every product you mention, we have ventilators we have car , companies without having to use the act. if i don't have to use the act
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specifically. we have the act to use in case we need it, but we have so many things being made right now, by so many they have just , stepped up. mike pence and i were discussing it before we've never seen , anything like it, where they are volunteering. we are going to make masks, like hanes. general motors. i bring that up as another example. they're going to go on the open market. we want them on the open market, from the standpoint of pricing. otherwise, we could be very unfairly. >> how do you direct them to the places in greatest need? pres. trump: we are directing states, and sometimes we will be competing with states, which i don't want. and we will drop out of the bidding. we want the states to go first. what we are doing you know is we are helping states. ,that is what we want to do. the same as the testing. we are helping states. we are helping states get to where they want. we have made tremendous progress in every aspect. >> for equipment today? pres. trump: the governors are out there trying to get it. it is happening fast. if they are competing with us,
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we immediately drop out. >> forgive me if i heard you wrong, you said you're going to be going over to the hill. are you going yourself? pres. trump: my people are. i will be staying here. i will be in the oval office and various other places in the white house. >> you are asking congress to pass a series of legislation that is going to cost $2 trillion. 10% of the gdp. what do you say to members who are in both parties say this is and who too expensive? that this is too much to get done in 48 hours? have you spoken directly with speaker pelosi? pres. trump: i have spoken with -- i'm not going to say who i speak with, but i have spoken with, directly or indirectly, everybody. many, many times. we are doing very well. i think the democrats and republicans are going to come up with a package that is going to be really something special. is going to help people. this is the first time there has never been a case where you want people not to work. it is always you want to create
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incentive to work. the fact is, we are asking people not to work because they have to stay away from each other. if we are going to kill this horrible, hidden enemy. we have to stay away. so there has never been anything like this in the history of the world. other nations are doing similar things. some effectively and some not effectively. they're doing similar things. we are creating a package that is going to keep companies together, keep workers paid so they can live and sustain. we will see what the timing is. the biggest thing we can do is get rid of the problem. the problem is what we know, medical problem. we want to have this whole situation that it can start right away. not that all of these companies break up, you can't put them back together. it would take years to put them back together. we had the greatest economy in the history of the world until we got hit with this problem. we can be back very, very quickly. we are doing a package the likes of which nobody has ever done
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before. i am obviously the one that has to approve the different things and recommend nations of the -- the recommendations of the different things. buybacks is an example. stock buybacks. i didn't like it the first time and this time i'm saying, you're not doing it. i do not want money to be used for that. i want money to be used for workers and opening businesses, keeping businesses. i am strongly recommending a buyback exclusion. you can't take $1 billion of the money and increase stock value. >> on the subject of masks the , vice president announced hhs was ordering hundreds of millions of masks. with that order just placed today? how is that going to be distributed? wayne can states expect to receive those masks? >> hhs is completing a half $1 billion order of masks. all of this is being coordinated through fema. we are responding specifically
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to state requests where the needs arrive. as dr. fauci said, we want to make sure the people that are providing health care services to people who may have contracted coronavirus have the protection to keep themselves and their families healthy. i want to emphasize that the supply of n95 masks has been vastly increased in the country because the president insisted that we extend liability protection to industrial masks. all of the experts told us early on that industrial masks used on construction sites are perfectly appropriate to protect health care workers from respiratory illness. but they did not have the liability protection, because they were not created for hospitals. we worked with leaders in both parties, we added that
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protection that runs through 2025 hour -- 2024. now the industrial n95 mask can be purchased by hospitals, purchased by hhs and distributed through our system. we are making those available. as i said, the supply has been vastly increased. it is another step forward on a bipartisan accomplishment. we are continuing to use all of the creative means of american industry to make sure we are leaning into this effort and that we do whatever it takes to make sure that our health care providers have the protective equipment they need. >> we hear from doctors and nurses about the shortage. when exactly can they expect to receive these masks? vice pres. pence: let me let pete gaynor speak to that. because fema will be hhs is now hhs is now fully integrated into - fema. so as the requests come in obviously, as i'm sure the , administrator will say, they are being prioritized to those areas with the highest need. >> within the national
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coordination center, we have a supply chain task force. in a basic sense we are trying , to identify the universe of what is out there. at thether we hold it federal level, we hold it in the private sector, then touch that -- match that up with demand. we are asking people to be creative. we are asking locals and states to do your share locally to take that burden off of us. we will prioritize those scarce and then resources. every single governor is looking for the exact same thing. there is a balance. we examine the entire supply chain. pres. trump: when will the mask start coming in? mr. gaynor: they are out there right now. we want to get out of the we want to match. we want to get out of the middle, i think. [laughter] we are trying to match supplies with demand. right now, it is happening today. >> they can expect them today? or the matching. mr. gaynor: there is a range of requests and we are trying to match those again, supply and demand -- everyday.
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pres. trump: the throwing away of the masks, being in private business, the throwing away of the masks -- you hear 55 million masks, i'm saying 55 million? how can it be such a number? and they say that is a small fraction of what we need. i said, why aren't we sanitizing andi said, why aren't we sanitizing masks? you look i've looked at all of at the masks. i've looked at all of the different masks. some don't lend themselves to doing that, many do. i said, why aren't we? i said, we have very good liquids for doing this. sanitizing masks. that is something they are starting to do more and more. they are sanitizing the masks. i don't know if anybody would like to speak to that. dr. fauci: there is cdc guidance about how you can minimize the use of masks. buy different things you can do with testing. and when you have masks, how you
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might reuse them and which ones you can reuse. >> you think there is a solution to this other than buying new masks? d think health care providers need to change how they are using them? dr. fauci: there are a couple of things. one is we are moving towards we are moving towards getting , testing, or don't have to have ppe. i'm not going to tell you the date will be there. it's going to be a swab you can stick in the nose of the person he was either infected or not. but that person does not need ppe the person who is , administering the test. if you could do a self-administered test, stick it a vile-- stick it into and handed over, you do not need a mask. -- a vial that is one of the things we are doing. vice pres. pence: this is another story about great american industry. the president and i heard from apple that they are donating 2 million industrial masks to this effort. and working with our administration to distribute those. it might be a good opportunity
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for us to renew our call for, as the president and i deliver this message to businesses yesterday, to manufacturers and businesses it is a great time to go to your , storeroom and, if you have n95 masks, if you've got 100 of them, if you have 10,000 of them, is to load them up, drive them over to your local hospital. that story is literally happening all of the country. with more americans stepping nowwith more americans stepping away from elective surgery -- we , are urging dentists to look at their supplies of n95 masks and make those available to our hospitals. but the great news is, as the president said, the american people are all doing this now. allow me to say on behalf of the president, thank you for what you all are doing today. but we want to encourage people in business, people in industry, and look at those supplies of people in industry look at those supplies of, masks, pack up as many as you can spare, drop them off at your local hospital.
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it would be a great service to the country. >> i want to read you some of what the doctors on the front lines of this crisis are saying. pres. trump: the ones that are saying good things are bad things? >> the doctors saying about the supplies there. -- that they are facing. a doctor in kentucky says there is no way to protect myself. a surgeon in fresno, california says we are at war with no ammo. ,a doctor in illinois says if , this is a wartime situation, now is the time to act. i know you're talking now about increasing production at these facilities to get masks out. given that this is one of the most powerful countries in the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world, should this even be happening? shouldn't this have been resolved months ago? pres. trump: i will tell you the way i look at it. many administrations proceeded me. for the most part, they did very little. in terms of what you're talking about. this is unprecedented. you can speak to tony, you can speak to anybody.
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this is just about unprecedented as time it is at a level that nobody would have believed. have thought possible, that this could happen. we are making much of this stuff andwe are making much of this stuff now. much of it is being delivered and now. we have also gotten tremendous reviews from a lot of people who cannot believe how fast it is coming. when i hear they have an order of 55 million masks and that is just one order. that is just one order out of many. and there are many millions of masks beyond that i keep saying, how is it possible to use so much? that is the way it is. but part of that is because they we use a mask for short. of time, and they throw it. the fact is, we are doing a tremendous amount. we started with very few masks. we had some, nothing for an event like this. now we are making tens of millions of masks and other things. i think it is unprecedented what we have done and what we are doing.
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many doctors, and i have read many, many doctors they cannot , believe the great job we have done. kelly, did you have one? >> how did your administration learn about this virus? pres. trump: if you remember, i was the one that closed the country down. i was the one that closed the country down. you don't write that or you don't say too much. i just read an article yesterday that by closing the country down so early, we saved tens of thousands and much more than that lives. you know, you might want to report that too. >> how would like to address that. i'm an icu physician. with the health system. first of all, i want to thank everyone who was on the front line. in the emergency room and the icus and the hospitals. i speech my colleagues daily. we need to preserve our ppe to the degree that we can. cdc guidelines has had that in the president has talked about it.
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i also want to say that we are making product, as the president said, but we are also responding through the fema system to distribute the national stockpile resources according to requests that come in. stockpile has been distributed to many states. first orders, second orders, and on a daily basis adjudicating that. if there are shortages in the hospital system, i cannot tell you of dr. x, y, z. that needs to be clearly iterated to the local emergency management. >> is that happening? our hospitals talking about that? adm. giroir: three nights ago with over 2000 hospital systems sharing best practices from seattle, where they have been very innovative. pioneering some of these areas. when there is a shortage, they need to go through their emergency management. it goes directly up to the fema system. which really rocks it works very it works very well. , then there is a distribution of the stockpile.
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the stockpile isn't infinite. that is why it is being replaced. by all the orders that masks go supplies go out on a daily basis. as they are needed and requested to the fema system and administrator gaynor may want to add to that. dr fauci: just to reiterate, we don't take lightly what you just read. i get the calls every night. the way you get emails. it is a serious issue. we don't want that to happen. it is happening. you don't make things up, i know that. because i'm experiencing it myself. what you just heard about the but different avenues, some of which are not even recognized about how you can get help through the fema process, in addition to the large amounts of additional ppe coming into the system. we hope that very soon we are not going to get those real-life difficulties. >> weeks away? there is a question about the
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timeline here and even female cannot answer. even femaeks -- cannot answer. days or weeks? >> sooner than weeks, it's going to be days. we are going to try to make it days. >> what we are doing is trying to help the states. faster. it's a tragedy, it's an absolute the magnitude of thisit's a tragedy, it's an absolute tragedy. , the magnitude is something butthe magnitude is something that, no matter who you were, nobody ever thought a thing like this could happen. you read about 1917 and read about certain things but in a modern age you think something like that could never happen. well, it comes back. it is genius, comes back. and it is too bad. i think people working on this have been incredible. the job they have done has been incredible. but there are tremendous amounts of not only masks, of ventilators and respirators and everything you could think of.
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it is all, much of it and almost i can say all of it is being manufactured right now. steve, please. >> yesterday there were questions about the use of the malaria drug. have those questions been resolved? >> i i know new york is getting 10,000 units. drug.ld be the malaria we will find out. feel as the expression goes what do we have to lose? i feel very good about it. would feel like you would like samples done a certain way, i understand that, too. many doctors agree with that. we have a lot of very sick people right now. said how does it look?
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he has a lot of sick people. we will be delivering a lot of samples to new york and other places and we will find out very shortly whether or not it is going to work. i have seen things that surprised me frankly. we arere other things looking at too. this is more immediate. this to me would be the greatest thing that would happen. this would be a gift from heaven, the gift from god. we will pray to god it does work. on the economic front there are reports the coronavirus is hurting your businesses. is that true? i'm very under levered and everything.
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is it hurting me? yes, it is hurting me, it is hurting hilton, is hurting the great hotel chains around the world. there are very few businesses doing well. there are some that are. to getdy is lined up things and stock up their house and this and that. sure, it hurts my business. anyone inhave you or your administration talk to the trump organization about the effects of the coronavirus? pres. trump: i didn't speak to anybody. i spoke to my sons. they basically follow the rules. when they say close them down, we close them down. when they say close them down we close them down. have nothing planned at mar-a-lago. imaginet asked but i that is close down like a lot of other businesses in florida.
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reporter: do expect your family companies to seek government assistance? pres. trump: i don't know. i don't know what the argument -- government assistance would be for what i have. i have hotels. everyone knew i had hotels when i got elected. they knew i was a successful person when i got elected. it's one of those things. i guess i get paid $450,000 a year. i give it up. i put it back into the nation. you have to designate where you want it. i often times give it to opioid research and things. but as far as the hotels, i have to do what everyone else is doing. i would probably decide to close things up. you don't want people getting together. many of them, there are hotels, clubs, where people get
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together. it would be a good practice to close them. reporter: we have talked about how not everyone needs to take a test. what about a temperature test? it.. trump: i do i did not ask everyone here but i would not be surprised if they had temperature tests. on ater: should they be mass distribution basis? pres. trump: i think they are pretty much. the easiest thing is the temperature. are you learning a lot from the temperature test, tony? dr. fauci: there are some ways to get around it. right now, i go to a different room and have my temperature taken. it's very low.
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there is a role for its under certain circumstances. i don't see a massive distribution of thermometers that will have a major impact on what we need to do. pres. trump: when tony mentions thermometers, they aim something , i have neverad seen that. i have learned a lot. reporter: this morning, the washington post suggested that you delayed taking action on the virus and dr. fauci said that your ban probably helped america immensely. what do you think of the washington post? pres. trump: i love whoever you are with. that is such a nice question. i think the washington post covers us very inaccurately. i saw the story. i think it is a disgrace. i guess we have to live with it.
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it is very inaccurate story. i get a lot of credit. for having closed our country very early to a heavily infected country. i wish china would have told us more about what was going on in china prior to us reading about it. china kicked the washington post out of china. that is what they do. i think it's a terrible thing they did it, but i also think it's terrible when people write in accurately about you and they write in accurately about me every single day. and i think you write very fairly and do very fair reporting about the great job that all of us are doing, this group behind me. it is so insulting when they
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write phony stories they know are fake news. they are not insulting me. they are insulting these incredible people who work so hard and so long. they are thinking about nothing other than this invisible enemy. they have done such an incredible job. there will be a lot of celebration when we win and we will win with as few lives lost as possible. that's the game. win with as few lives lost as possible. it's a tough enemy. i appreciate you saying it. but the fact that we closed so early to china and most people, look, i was called xenophobic by sleepy joe biden. i was called a racist by democrats. a racist because i did not want to have people could hurt our country come in. even people who worked in the white house disagreed with me
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very strongly. it's a tremendous thing. when they talk about acting early, that was the ultimate act. i also closed europe early, very early and i took a lot of heat for that, too. so i did not act late. i acted early. i took tremendous criticism from the various papers. it might have been more of a statement than a question. what ever it was, i appreciate it very much. a number of the statester: have pandemic measures. do think that they all should have one uniform measure? pres. trump: no, they can do what they wanted to. if california can get masks
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sooner than we could get it for them, through all of the things we are able to do, we will end up with an oversupply at some point. at some point, it's going away and we will end up with an oversupply. if gavin can go out and ordered gowns faster or masks, good masks faster or other things faster, that's good. we do have -- i mean, the coordination with the ships, the medical ships we are sending in, and even cruise liners probably into some areas, in particular, california, in particular, new york. if someone can do something faster, if they can order masks faster than us, i want them to be able to do it. reporter: also talk about the rules. it doesn't have to be at this moment. we have states where they have two or three people. they are in quarantine.
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you can't put on them what you are putting in new york, where you have a tremendous problem. we have large portions of the america wheree of they have few people. i hope it never happens when we need to take drastic action because that's not in the same ballpark. reporter: a lot of people are following the 15 day recommendation. do you think the american people are doing enough right now? pres. trump: i think they are. some people are not. i think is going to have a very profound effect. we will know more on day 14 and 15. we will see. we will have to see what the result is. we want to flatten it out. and i just want to say i'm going to negotiate a very large transaction. i've been negotiating it for two days. i'm going to take one or two more questions and i will leave it to vice president pence on the various elements of the package.
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reporter: a number of groups are calling for the postponement or the cancellation of the olympics. have you given it any thought? pres. trump: no, i haven't. we understand the difficulty of that. he is a very good friend of mine. shinzo abe, he's a great gentleman. he loves his country. we just finished a trade deal, a $40 billion trade deal with japan and prime minister of a has a a decision to make. they have one of the most beautiful venues i have seen. it's not late. it's not over budget. they are sitting back and -- i told him, i said that is your decision. it is his decision and i know he is going to make it soon. i don't think i should be influencing it. the job that japan has done on that venue is incredible. we have other options, obviously.
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we will see what they do. reporter: since the story keeps popping up, when did you first learn this was when to be a problem? pres. trump: well, when we started doing the closings, probably around that time. i think you're going to ask a little bit about china responsibility. again, i have great respect for china. i like china. i think the people of china are incredible. i have a tremendous relationship with president xi. i wish they could have told us earlier. we did not know about it until it came out publicly. we could have come up with a solution. tony fauci and all of the talent we have would've loved to have had three or four months of additional time.
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they did not have that time. china was very secretive, ok? very, very secretive. i have great respect for that country. he is a friend of mine. i wish they would have told us. they had a big problem and they knew it. i wish they could have done advance warning. some of the things we were talking about. it would have been much better. reporter: secretary pompeo was talking about this and have been critical about it for some time. why did you tweet that china was
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working very hard to contain the coronavirus in the united states greatly appreciates the effort and transparency. pres. trump: because it is true. china has worked very hard. they have lost thousands and thousands of people. they were not transparent. when we saw what happened they could have been transparent much earlier than they were. just so you understand, china is not a beneficiary. china has lost thousands and thousands of people. china has gone through hell. i have had conversations with president xi. they knew they had a problem earlier. i wish they could have said that. are you able to share any of the hard numbers on the number of available tests? pres. trump: i will leave that to dr. fauci. i would imagine we want to share the numbers. reporter: the masks you cited
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are due for delivery in 18 months. the estimate was 500 million. the last number on ventilators was 12,000-13,000. can you give us an updated numbers? pres. trump: a ventilator's a machine. it's a very complex machine and to think we have to order hundreds of thousands -- nobody has ever heard of anything like this. we had thousands in a stockpile ready to go. all of a sudden you need hundreds of thousands. you are talking about very sophisticated machine and you need hundreds of thousands. with that being said, general motors, ford, so many companies, i had three calls directly. without having to institute you
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have to do this. these companies are making them right now. do you have numbers to share with us? pres. trump: mike will answer this. vice pres. pence: the president has given the task force a priority of assessing the availability and expanding the availability of ventilators. we will detail some very encouraging news for americans. use speak about the number 13,000, it's a little bit more than that. that does not include the more than 100,000 ventilators that are in health care facilities and hospitals around america today. it does not include what will be produced, as the president said.
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manufacturers tell us a ventilator is in a complicated piece of equipment. many of them are surging forward to create more ventilators. one of the more exciting developments in the last week, which we will detail more on monday, is in the president's engagement with our health care, community, we learned that ventilators that are currently can be anesthesiologist converted to be used as ventilators for people struggling with the effects of the coronavirus. we have confirmed a particular screen in that device can be changed readily. we are working with the fda to approve that. it's a great testimony to our health care professionals that are stepping forward in bringing ideas forward. it will increase the supply of
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.entilators we want to make sure that all of the incredible, courageous men and women have the support they need for the patients who are struggling, that they have the equipment they need and we will have a lot of detail on monday as we continue to assess. tests at 1.4 million the end of this week? do we have that? >> i'm going to answer your question and try to persuade you to stop thinking about a specific number, ok? from march 2 through march 14 we have put 10 million tests into the commercial market. we expect by march 28 it will be well over 27 million in the market. that answers your question -- let me tell you why that is not
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the right question. not every lab can write every test. not every test is completely self-contained. the more important question is not how many tests are in the market. we've got them in the market. it is to make sure everyone has the test they can use. we promised one or 4 million, there's 10 million tests in the market now. reporter: are the masks in the street to jake -- strategic reserve being deployed, mr. vice president? adm. giroir: yes. >> is that a lower number? adm. giroir: masks or ventilators? >> respirators. thank you. we're trying to understand. if the things we have been told for many days if they are happening and getting into the hands of health care providers. pres. trump: you understand. you understand exactly what he's
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saying. we inherited an obsolete broken system. when you hear the number of test we will be providing and are now, it is incredible. i've heard a lot of governors say the same thing. and i have heard a lot of governors say the same thing. this is the same broken test system that would not have worked for a small problem, let alone one of the biggest pandemics in history. i'm going now to negotiate a great deal for our workers in our citizens. i will be back tomorrow. we are probably doing this tomorrow. i will ask vice president pence to take over and thank you all very much. [indiscernible] the military has been in honduras and morocco to try and pick up americans. there are still a lot of americans stuck overseas.
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can you ensure americans are stranded they will be able to get back? vice pres. pence: we had a briefing this morning from the state department about their efforts. we want to be very clear, the president suspended all travel from europe including the u.k. and ireland. any american who wants to get home can come home. they're working in an orderly way of a number of airports around the country, but there are instances where there are simply not enough flights to get home. our state department has been working very closely with the embassies in those relevant countries. i was told that we are bringing
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home americans. i think there's an ongoing efforts to address that with chartered commercial flights the government is providing. obviously military transport is available. we would encourage any american looking on from overseas, contact the u.s. embassy, let them know about your circumstances. know that we are going to continue to work diligently to get our americans home. >> last question. reporter: two questions. education and a medication one. you announced a standardized is essentially canceled. do the tens of millions of students and teachers and parents scratching our head wondering what does that mean?
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is there any federal guidance on this? could you have secretary devos come explain this? vice pres. pence: we will bring secretary devos here tomorrow or monday to address our efforts. the objective is, as people are embracing the president's 15 days to slow the spread, we have decisions a local school boards and officials that have canceled school or suspended school for a time and we want the federal department of education to make it clear that the burden of testing, which from back from my days as governor i remember it takes a number of days, sometimes up to a week to
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administer, will not be placed on schools. we will have the secretary to address this. that's a very good point on your part. >> i have the medication question. i wanted to ask this while the president was here because he tweeted that there were two medications that when taken together have "the chance to be one of the biggest game changers in medicine" and they should "be put into use immediately." he is not here so he cannot clarify. i wonder if dr. fauci and the admiral can clarify whether we should be taking medical advice from him or someone else. vice pres. pence: the president brought together the top pharmaceutical companies in america and the world weeks ago. they formed a consortium to work on a range of responses, beginning with their purex,
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-- therapeutics, which for a layman like me, that just means it can make you feel better. i think that there is a sense that our great pharmaceutical companies may be struggling with coronavirus as soon as the spring. we also challenge them to work together to develop a vaccine. we brought a vaccine to clinical trials the better part of a week ago. now it is the first phase of the trials and people should understand there will be as much as a year and a half before we can make those vaccines available. but as the president said, there
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is anecdotal evidence that several existing medicines may have brought relief to patients struggling in china and europe and the president has tasked to be fda to work rapidly to allow off label use for those. one is a malaria medicine. i think the president reiterated the hopefulness he feels about this that, because these are medications that are time honored and tested that we want to pursue making those available if someone's doctor believes it is appropriate,, but in deploying those medicines, we are working to do so in a way that represents a clinical trial.
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it would not just be compassionate use, which the medicines are already used for in some jurisdictions today. also, we could study it and determine the viability of it and we are working diligently with the supply chain to make sure those medicines are available. dr. fauci, do you want to speak to that? dr. fauci: it's essentially what i said multiple times from his podium. we are trying to develop the de novo drugs, you have to prove they would be effective. the way you prove that is a randomized controlled trial to prove safety and efficacy. i am not sure what the president was referring to but i believe it was to a report that suggested that if you use them together, it would have some possibility of having an effect. many of the things that you hear
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out there are what i would call anecdotal reports. they may be true, but they are anecdotal. the only thing i would say is if you want to definitively know something works, you need verification. the president is talking about hope for people. it's not an unreasonable paying -- thing to hope for people. are you going to use a drug that someone says, from an anti-total -- anecdotal standpoint, not proven but might have , to the point of giving that person the option of having access to that drug? and then you have my job as a scientist, which is to ultimately prove without a doubt that a drug is not only safe,
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but it actually works. those two things are not incompatible when you think about them, particularly in an arena that needs a twist. in the beginning there was that tension. you have to have a balance. i have to do my job as a scientist. vice pres. pence: i hope the -- this morning has been informative. i hope the american people are encouraged because of the incredible hold government approach. you are seeing testing expanded across the country. it's an incredible public-private partnership,
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testing available by the tens of thousands. we have an incredible response from american industry to make sure personal protective equipment and ventilators, all the things our health care providers need. again, what every american can do today. that is first and foremost heave your state and local authorities. there are individual states. they've issued guidance to their citizens and as the president said, we wholly support the leadership those governors are providing in their states but secondly, every single american can put into practice the principles of our 15 days to slow the spread. the president's coronavirus guidelines. as i said, we are six days in and the purpose of these is not
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because every american is at risk of serious illness. as we said before, of -- all our experts tell us, all the data shows that the risk of serious illness to the average american remains low but because the coronavirus is, we think, three times more contagious than the flu, to slow the spread, to literally lower that curve and spare americans around our country with being exposed to or contracting the coronavirus or worse, every single one of us can put these principles into practice. i recommend that you go to and sit your family down, call a neighbor and a friend, support efforts in your local community to put these principles into practice and as people all across this country continue to do just that, i just know we'll get through this and we'll get through this together. thank you all.
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