HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Update Americans on Relief Efforts

HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Update Americans on Relief Efforts
April 28, 2020 Comments Off on HIGHLIGHTS | President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Update Americans on Relief Efforts Press Releases, RNHA News Articles, Trump, White House RNHA NEWS

SIGNS OF PROGRESS

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We continue to see evidence that our aggressive strategy is
working, and working at a very high level. Nationwide, the percent of tests that come
back positive has declined very significantly.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “18 states now show a decline in a number of positive tests over
the last seven days.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Half of all Americans live in states that have now taken steps to
open their economies. Just yesterday, Governors Gavin Newsom of California, Tim
Walz of Minnesota and Bill Lee of Tennessee announced additional plans to restart
certain sectors. We ask every American to maintain vigilance and hygiene, social
distancing, and voluntary use of face coverings.”

RELIEF FOR AMERICANS AND BUSINESSES

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Today, I signed the Paycheck Protection Program and
Healthcare Enhancement Act, providing $320 billion to keep American workers on the
payroll.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “$30 billion of the Paycheck Protection funds will be reserved for
small financial institutions, including those that serve minority and distressed
communities, extending vital relief to thousands of African-American and Hispanic-American small business owners and their employees.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The bill also delivers $75 billion for hospitals, so badly needed
for hospitals, they’ve taken a very big hit, and medical providers.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “We’re sending direct payments to millions of American
workers. More than 80 million Americans have already received their payment – $3,400
for a typical family of four.”

TESTING

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The FDA approved the first at-home COVID-19 test kit. Just got
approved. … They’re approving things at record numbers at a record rate, and it’s
really been helpful. Many tests are going on, many vaccine tests, and tests of every
different kind.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “You may recall that one month ago, all of the testing that
had been done in America, 80,000 Americans have been tested. But as of this morning,
5.1 million Americans have been tested for the Coronavirus.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We want to express our appreciation to every governor
across the country that are standing up all of those labs that are available, that are
working with us and our supply chain personnel to make sure that the reagents and
swabs and equipment is there to be able to process the tests, and we’re going to
continue to increase testing dramatically in the weeks ahead.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We want to thank our governors for the progress that
we’re making on testing and for their role in urging their citizens to practice the kind of
mitigation and social distancing efforts that are really making real progress.”

FDA COMMISSIONER HAHN: “This week, as the President said, we authorize the first
at-home test by a company called LabCorp … Under certain circumstances, with a
doctor’s supervision, a test can be mailed to a patient and the patient can perform the
self-swab and then mail it back and get the results after that time, all under the
guidance of a licensed physician.”

FDA COMMISSIONER HAHN: “We are working with more than 400 test developers
who are pursuing authorization for their diagnostics under our current policies.”

FDA COMMISSIONER HAHN: “We have heard and have reported to us, 220 labs
around the country have begun patient testing using their own validated tests. This has
allowed us to increase significantly tests around the country.”

CRITICAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I spoke with the leaders of numerous countries today. They’re
asking if we can send them ventilators, and I’m agreeing to do it. We have tremendous
capacity, now overcapacity of ventilators.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The Federal government has over 10,000 ventilators and we
could have a lot more if we wanted to do that. But we’re helping Mexico, Honduras,
Indonesia, France. We’re sending to France, we’re sending to Spain, we’re sending to
Italy, and we will probably be sending to Germany should they need them.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We of course had Pete Gaynor of FEMA report on
progress, more than 35,000 National Guard stood up, 5,000 active duty military
deployed to 10 states.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We were also pleased to report that FEMA, HHS, and the
private sector have coordinated the delivery of shipments to states around the country,
including nearly 67 million N95 masks, 105 million surgical masks, surgical gowns,
shields, gloves, more than 10,000 ventilators, and more than 8,000 federal field medical
station beds.”

THERAPEUTICS

FDA COMMISSIONER HAHN: “The President has asked us, and under his leadership,
to actually cut down as many barriers as we possibly could to get medical products into
the medical community and we have done that.”

FDA COMMISSIONER HAHN: “When it comes to therapeutics, we are leaving no
stone unturned in finding treatments for Covid-19. … 72 trials of therapeutics are
underway in the United States under FDA oversight and 211 are in the planning stages.
So we expect to see more. This includes convalescent plasma, as well as antiviral
therapies.”

FDA COMMISSIONER HAHN: “Work continues on vaccines and two firms have
announced that the FDA has authorized their trials to go forward.”

WORKING WITH AMERICA’S GOVERNORS

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “The President made clear when he asked me to lead the
White House Coronavirus Task Force, not merely a whole of the Federal Government
but a full partnership with state and local governments across the country. And today,
we renewed that with our latest conference call with governors all across America.”

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “We met with them today specifically to speak about the
progress that our governors are making, expanding testing across the country. And we
were pleased to hear about extraordinary and rapid progress that governors are
making.”

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