Mike Pence, Alex Azar and Steve Bannon on coronavirus updates

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Vice President Mike Pence, Health Secretary Alex Azar and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon have spoken out with FOX on the latest coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., keeping their hard words on the China Communist regime while showing sympathy for the Chinese people.

Vice President Mike Pence today convened a regularly scheduled White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting via phone at 4:00 pm EST.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield provided the latest update on the Coronavirus including the actions taken to implement the announcement yesterday from President Donald Trump. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun discussed the measures taken for screening of outbound passengers from Italy, South Korea, Iran, and China in addition to the assistance provided to State and local communities by the CDC.
Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, also announced that—based on the expansive, proactive, and comprehensive outreach to manufacturers—there are no additional drug shortages beyond the one reported last week. It was noted that only 20 drugs are sole-sourced from China.

Vice President Mike Pence tells Fox ‘Sunday Morning Futures’ that the U.S. is more prepared than any other nation to deal with the coronavirus.

Pence defends President Trump’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus spread, saying the administration was taking “decisive action to protect the American people.”

He demands more transparency from the Chinese government confirming CDC experts being on the ground in China checking the origins of the cases.

Also with Fox News, Coronavirus task force member Health Secretary Alex Azar discusses the status of the virus in the U.S.

Alex Azar did the same first to defend the Trump administration’s response to the novel coronavirus, saying his department is “working to keep” the number of new cases “low.” Speaking on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Azar said he is personally involved in examining allegations raised by a whistleblower who claims agency employees who helped quarantined American evacuees from Wuhan, China, lacked proper training and protective gear.

“We are aggressively looking to see whether there is validity to the concerns,” Azar said. “What the American people need to know is that we now have passed well over 14 days since any HHS employee had contact with the individuals involved. Nobody is symptomatic. Nobody has the disease.”

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon weighs in on the coronavirus fears causing market selloff on ‘Sunday Morning Futures.’ Bannon is challenging the Chinese Communist Party in handling the crisis, adding that Trump is taking bold actions with China.

Senator Marco Rubio said China’s lack of transparency and failure to share best practices, infection numbers and statistics with health experts around the world prevented other countries from taking the necessary precautions at the onset of the outbreak.

“It’s really complicated, the response to it both here in the U.S. and other countries,” Rubio said, “and, I think, evidence of what we are dealing with when it comes to the Chinese Communist Party.”

On Saturday, the first death from coronavirus in the U.S. was reported in Washington state. The man who died was in his 50s and had underlying medical conditions.

There have been a total of 74 confirmed cases in the U.S. so far, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. Rhode Island reported its first case Sunday and two new cases were reported in Kings County, Washington.

Edited by staff

source: the White House

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