White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – 5:00pm Livestream

The White House is actually holding the daily update for COVID-19 information in addition to also also press availability today at 5:00pm ET.  Livestreams below:

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[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. So, nice to be with you. America continues to gain ground within the war against the virus.

I want to thank the American people for answering the call, following our guidelines, in addition to also also producing the sacrifices required to overcome This specific terrible threat. More aggressively we commit to social distancing — so important. Social distancing — such an important phrase. in addition to also also we do This specific right currently. The more lives we can save in addition to also also the sooner we can eventually get people back to work, back to school, in addition to also also back to normal.

in addition to also also there are large sections of our country — probably can go back much sooner than additional sections. in addition to also also we’re obviously looking at of which also. People are asking, “is actually of which an alternative?” in addition to also also I say, “Absolutely, This specific is actually an alternative.”

I have currently approved major disaster declarations for completely new York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, in addition to also also Florida. of which has great significance, as you know, in addition to also also legal significance.

We’re in a constant grouping, in addition to also also I can say This specific: We have a large grouping of people of which does nothing nevertheless communicate with the various officials, including we’ve been spending a lot of time with completely new York officials because of which genuinely is actually, by far, the hottest spot. They’ve got many very tough weeks ahead of them.

The governor is actually doing a very not bad job. I spoke to the governor — Governor Cuomo — last night in addition to also also This specific morning, in addition to also also he mentioned of which, in his remarks, of which he’s using the — of which we are using — in addition to also also I think he feels, because he understands negotiation — he thinks we’re using very appropriately the Defense Production Act. in addition to also also we are. We’re using This specific where needed. This specific’s a great point of leverage; This specific’s a great negotiating tool.

nevertheless I’ve genuinely — I will tell you, there’s tremendous spirit through people in addition to also also tremendous spirit with respect to these companies. in addition to also also I don’t have to use This specific very much at all. They want to do This specific. As you know, General Motors is actually involved; Ford is actually involved; 3M is actually involved; others are involved. in addition to also also they’re all working very hard to produce product — different — all different products.

We had very little product when we came. We built This specific up, in addition to also also we’ve — we give This specific away as fast as we can to the different states. We’re also, as you know, building numerous hospitals in addition to also also medical centers throughout certain areas in completely new York. This specific’s at the convention center, the Javits Convention Center. We’re doing four hospitals in addition to also also we’re doing, throughout the state, four medical centers. They’re somewhat different.

I want you to know of which I’m doing everything in my power to help the city pull through This specific challenge. I’m working very hard on completely new York. This specific’s genuinely, by far, our biggest problem. Maybe This specific will be; maybe This specific won’t be. nevertheless there’s a lot of not bad, capable people working on This specific with us, in addition to also also our teams are working very well with the state representatives.

We’re also doing some very large testings throughout the country. I told you yesterday of which, in South Korea — in addition to also also This specific is actually not a knock in any way because I just spoke with President Moon; we had a very not bad conversation about numerous additional things — nevertheless they’ve done a very not bad job on testing, nevertheless we currently are doing more testing of which anybody, by far. We do more in eight days than they do in eight weeks. in addition to also also we go up, on a daily basis, exponentially. So, This specific’s genuinely not bad.

By the way, while I’m on This specific, I also spoke with Prime Minister Abe of Japan last night, in addition to also also I congratulated him on a wise choice. I think This specific’s going to be a fantastic Olympics — 2021. I think This specific’s going to be a fantastic Olympics. This specific was the absolute right decision to delay This specific for a full year in addition to also also currently have a full, beautiful Olympics. This specific’s going to be very important because This specific’s probably once, maybe ever, or certainly in a long time, of which This specific was on a odd year. This specific always on an even year, they tell me. nevertheless he’s going to have a fantastic success, in addition to also also currently they’ll have even more time. He didn’t need any more time. Everything was perfectly ready. What a job they’ve done.

nevertheless Japan — I want to congratulate Japan, the IOC, in addition to also also Prime Minister Abe on a great decision. I think This specific’s going to be a fantastic Olympics. I told him I’ll be there. I’ll be there.

As we fight to protect American lives, we’re also protecting American livelihoods. Democrats in addition to also also Republicans within the Senate are very close to passing an emergency relief bill for American workers, families, in addition to also also businesses. This specific legislation, in addition to the two bills I signed This specific month of which includes, as you know, sick leave, in addition to also also we have all sorts of things in for the workers, for families.

nevertheless we have a tremendous paid sick leave provision for workers at no cost at all to the employers. in addition to also also of which’s a big thing: no cost to the employers. We want to get everybody back, working.

Together, This specific $2.2 trillion legislative package is actually bigger than anything, I believe, ever passed in Congress. Perhaps, relatively speaking, if you go back — look during the FDR completely new Deal days — there was something of which if you time-value This specific, you could say This specific was bigger. I don’t know. nevertheless This specific is actually certainly, in terms of dollars, by far in addition to also also away the biggest ever, ever done. in addition to also also of which’s a tremendous thing because a lot of This specific money goes to jobs, jobs, jobs, in addition to also also families, families, families.

The Senate bill, as you know, includes:

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* $350 billion in job retention loans for little businesses

with loan forgiveness available for businesses of which continue paying their workers. They continue paying their workers. of which’s what we want: We want them to keep their workers in addition to also also pay their workers. This specific will help businesses keep workers within the payroll in addition to also also allow our economy to quickly accelerate as soon as we defeat the virus.

* $350 billion in direct cash payments will

be available for every American citizen earning less than $99,000 per year. of which would certainly be $3,400, very quickly, for the typical family of four. Nothing like of which has ever been done in our country.

* Up to $250 billion in expanded unemployment benefits. The

average worker who has lost his or her job will receive 100 percent of their salary for up to four full months. Unlike normal unemployment benefits, independent contractors in addition to also also the self-employed will be eligible. So you have independent contractors in addition to also also self-employed people will be eligible because of This specific.

* Over $100 billion to support the heroic work of our

doctors, nurses, in addition to also also hospitals. They’ve been incredible.

* $45 billion for Disaster Relief Fund. So we

are setting up a fund of $45 billion for disaster relief. of which’s more than doubling the amount available to support my national emergency in addition to also also disaster declarations. This specific’s a doubling up.

* $27 billion to build up the Strategic National Stockpile

with critical supplies, including masks, respirators, pharmaceuticals, in addition to also also everything you can imagine — because This specific was very depleted, like our military was depleted. currently we have a brand-completely new military. Never had a military like This specific. We have equipment either coming or This specific’s already come. For the most part, This specific’s already come. nevertheless we have a lot of things of which will soon be coming — planes, missiles, rockets, lots of things. nevertheless the stockpile was very depleted, like everything else.

* This specific will also include significant funding for the

development of vaccines on top of the $8 billion we approved several weeks ago.

* Over $500 billion in support for the hardest-hit

industries, having a ban on corporate stock buybacks, which is actually something I insisted on, in addition to also also frankly, I tell you, the Republicans wanted of which in addition to also also the Democrats wanted of which. We want them to use the money for the companies in addition to also also the planes, or whatever they may be helping to get over This specific rough patch. in addition to also also I don’t think This specific’s going to end up being such a rough patch. I think This specific’s going to, when we open — especially, if we can open This specific — the sooner, the better — This specific’s going to open up like a rocket ship. I think This specific’s going to go very not bad in addition to also also very quickly.

in addition to also also you’re going to have some tough completely new limits on executive compensation also. They need the money. They’re going to have to, sort of, just make things work, because we’re interested within the workers, the jobs. in addition to also also we’re interested within the companies because of which’s genuinely what fuels the workers in those great jobs.

* in addition to also also we also have $16 billion in funding for the purchase of

** personal protective equipment — you know about of which — such as masks in addition to also also respirators through the Strategic National Stockpile.

I encourage the House to pass This specific vital legislation in addition to also also send the bill to my desk for signature. Without delay, I will sign This specific immediately. We will have a signing, in addition to also also This specific’ll be a great signing in addition to also also a great day for the American worker in addition to also also for American families in addition to also also, frankly, for American companies, some of which were having the best years they’ve ever had these last few years. in addition to also also then, a little bit less than a month ago, they went into a position of which they haven’t seen because of the hidden enemy, the virus.

Earlier today, I spoke to leaders of many of America’s amazing nonprofit organizations. I thanked them for their unwaving [sic] in addition to also also unwavering devotion to American people, to American families, to our nation. in addition to also also they have been fantastic. They’ve been collecting supplies, distributing food, supporting healthcare workers, caring for vulnerable workers in addition to also also families. I encourage them to continue to do This specific. nevertheless I’ll tell you, the nonprofits have been fantastic; they’ve been great. They’re great people, actually. I know a lot of them.

Finally, I want to provide a brief update on the critical supplies. Through FEMA, the federal government has delivered, or is actually within the process of shipping 9.4 million N95 respirators — think of of which: 9.4 million — 20 million surgical masks, in addition to also also we have others of which we think are going to be delivered pretty quickly. The whole world — you know, This specific’s not just us; This specific’s not just the States. The whole world is actually trying to get these things — in competition with many, many countries.

I believe today you broke the 150 mark for the virus. We have 150 countries — over 150 countries where you have This specific virus. in addition to also also nobody would certainly ever believe a thing like of which’s possible. Nobody could have ever seen something like This specific coming, nevertheless currently we know, in addition to also also we know This specific can happen in addition to also also happen again. in addition to also also if This specific does, somebody is actually going to be very well prepared because of what we’ve learned in addition to also also how we’ve done. This specific’s been incredible, how we’ve done.

Remember This specific: More tests than anybody, by far. in addition to also also the news, the reporters, the media always likes to bring South Korea — they called me in addition to also also they told me, “This specific’s amazing. Your testing procedures are amazing.” Plus, we have a test of which’s a very high-level test, in addition to also also This specific’s a test of which’s very accurate.

3.1 million face shields, 2.6 million surgical gowns, 14.6 million gloves, in addition to also also almost 6,000 ventilators, which go to the areas of greatest needs. We sent, over the last day, 4,000 ventilators to completely new York. in addition to also also I spoke with the governor about of which; he was happy. I spoke with the mayor also about of which. Mayor de Blasio, he was very happy. This specific’s hard not to be happy with the job we’re doing — of which, I can tell you.

Throughout This specific national emergency, everyday heroes continue to step forward in addition to also also demonstrate the extraordinary character of our nation, including the people behind me. By the way, these people are amazing. They are amazing people in addition to also also they become — I don’t know, maybe I should just speak for myself, nevertheless to me, they’ve become friends. Maybe they don’t like me. Maybe they don’t; maybe they do. I don’t know. All I can tell you is actually they’re talented people. They work very hard.

In Maryland, a 7-year-old boy used his own birthday money to buy meals for dozens of senior citizens. In Nevada, a college student recruited 0 of her friends to help deliver groceries in addition to also also supplies to the most vulnerable. This specific is actually happening all over the country. Thousands in addition to also also thousands of instances. I could stand up here all day in addition to also also tell you about additional things. In Minnesota, hundreds of medical students have volunteered to provide childcare for hospital workers, helping to keep our doctors in addition to also also nurses on the frontlines, fighting to save lives.

These inspiring Americans remind us of which we all have a role to play in winning This specific great national battle. in addition to also also This specific’s genuinely a worldwide battle. We’re dealing with additional nations all the time. The people here are — in addition to also also I am a little bit — I take calls through a lot of people; they’re in trouble. A lot of countries are in big trouble.

So currently we will hear through our great Secretary of the Treasury. He has been working rather hard, I will tell you. Steve Mnuchin is actually a — he’s a fantastic guy in addition to also also he loves our country, in addition to also also he’s been dealing with both sides — Republican in addition to also also Democrat. He, sort of, lived over in of which beautiful building. This specific’s a very beautiful building. To me, one of the most beautiful buildings, actually, within the entire world. in addition to also also he’s gotten to know This specific, Steve, very well.

So if we could have a little update, Steve, This specific would certainly be fantastic, as to how we’re doing in addition to also also what This specific’s looking like.

Thank you.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Thank you very much, Mr. President. in addition to also also first, let me say, I would certainly like to thank Mitch McConnell for his leadership. in addition to also also I’d also like to thank Chuck Schumer for the enormous bipartisan support we had on This specific bill, in addition to also also the many senators, both Republicans in addition to also also Democrats, of which work tirelessly over the last 5 days on all the task force.

As the President said, I got to live within the LBJ room for the last 5 days, in addition to also also we couldn’t be more pleased with the unprecedented response through the Senate to protect American workers in addition to also also American business in This specific situation.

The President has outlined many of these, nevertheless let me just quickly go through them.

Again, little business retention loans: This specific will cover roughly 50 percent of the private payroll in little businesses where we will immediately make loans of which will supply eight weeks of salaries, as long as they keep workers employed in addition to also also overhead. in addition to also also those loans will be forgiven at the end of the period, as long as they keep workers employed.

These are SBA loans, nevertheless the Treasury will be issuing completely new regulations authorizing almost every single FDIC-insured bank to make these. I expect, by the end of next week, we will have a very simple process where these can be made in addition to also also dispersed within the same day. So This specific will be a very simple system to get money into little-business hands.

For companies of which don’t qualify of which, we have an economic program of tax incentives to retain workers. in addition to also also as the President said, we have enhanced unemployment insurance for people of which don’t fit into these two programs of which will be administered through the states.

We also have economic impact payments. These will be, within the next three weeks, direct payments into most people’s deposit accounts. in addition to also also for those of which don’t have This specific, we will be having the checks within the mail.

Treasury will have additional authorities. We have $500 billion of which we can use to work with the Federal Reserve for emergency programs of which will create up to yet another $4 trillion, if needed, to support American business in addition to also also American workers in an unprecedented way.

in addition to also also then, finally, the President mentioned $100 billion to hospitals in addition to also also $150 billion to states of which have specific coronavirus expenses, as well as many additional things.

Mr. President, I especially want to thank you in addition to also also the Vice President. You are constantly available to us. We spoke constantly throughout the day. You gave us guidance in addition to also also quick decisions on many issues.

in addition to also also again, I thank everybody because of This specific great bipartisan work. This specific is actually going to be enormous help for the American workers within the American economy. The President was very determined of which Congress would certainly move swiftly to protect hardworking Americans in business in This specific unprecedented situation.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Steve. Great job.

Day in addition to also also night, right?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Day in addition to also also night.

THE PRESIDENT: Day in addition to also also night. We was — of which was — of which was a lot of work. in addition to also also we’ll see how This specific all goes. We still need a vote, Steve, don’t we? Huh?

Do you have a question? Yes.

Q How long do you think This specific bill will keep the economy afloat?

THE PRESIDENT: Hopefully a long time. We’ll see. If we have to go back, we have to go back. We’re going to take care of the American worker. We’re going to take care of these companies of which fuel This specific country in addition to also also make the country great. This specific’s not their fault. This specific’s not their fault. nevertheless we think —

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: I would certainly say three — we’ve anticipated three months; hopefully we won’t need This specific for three months. Hopefully This specific will be won quicker, nevertheless we expect of which This specific is actually a significant amount of money, if needed, to cover the economy.

THE PRESIDENT: in addition to also also don’t forget, a lot of This specific is actually going to be — to keep companies of which are very strong — AAA-rated companies, previously — to keep them going. in addition to also also This specific’s going to be within the form of loans, so the money is actually going to come back. This specific money has — a lot of This specific money is actually coming back.

Q Separately, let me ask you about something you said yesterday. You said, “We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival.”

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q What did you mean by of which?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ve been saying of which for a long time.

Q Does of which mean — does of which have something to do —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’re reliant on many countries where we give up our supply chains, we give up our factories, we give up our production facilities, in addition to also also we can buy This specific someplace else for a little bit lower cost. nevertheless This specific’s genuinely costing us more when of which happens, because we lose jobs, we lose everything, in addition to also also we lose our independence. in addition to also also we can’t let of which happen. So we’ll be producing some improvements. We have been producing those improvements.

Q Are you considering an executive order to basically ban the export of medical equipment?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know of which we’ll need of which, nevertheless I think This specific’s happening by itself. I think a lot of things are happening. Well, some people — we make the best medical equipment within the entire world, in addition to also also you have some people like the European Union, they don’t take This specific, because they have specifications of which don’t allow our equipment in because This specific’s designed in a different way. Even though This specific’s a better way, This specific’s designed.

They’re all — they’re all playing games against us, okay? They’ve been playing games against us for years, in addition to also also no President has ever done anything about This specific.

nevertheless the European Union — if you look at medical equipment, we make the best medical equipment within the entire world, nevertheless we can’t sell This specific because — or not appropriately. in addition to also also yet, we take their medical equipment in our country. We’re changing things, Steve. All of This specific is actually changing. nevertheless they have specifications to ensure of which our equipment — designed specifically to ensure of which our equipment can’t come into their countries. This specific’s a very terrible thing of which’s happened to our country.

in addition to also also, let me tell you, some of the people of which took the biggest advantage of us: our allies. You know, we talk about allies. They took advantage of us in many ways, nevertheless financially as well as even militarily when you look at —

Look, I got — if you look at NATO, the abuse of which was given to our country on NATO, where they wouldn’t pay, in addition to also also we were paying for everybody. We were paying — currently, because of me, they’re paying a lot. currently they’ve paid a 125, 135 million — billion dollars more. in addition to also also then, ultimately, Secretary General Stoltenberg — who, I think, you would certainly say is actually maybe my biggest fan — we got them to pay yet another $400 billion — billion — additional countries.

in addition to also also — nevertheless — nevertheless you know of which. in addition to also also then there’s the trade. They make This specific — they make This specific almost impossible for us to have a fair deal. They know This specific. They know I’m just waiting. We have all the advantages, by the way. This specific’s going to be easy when I decide to do This specific. nevertheless This specific isn’t the right time to do This specific. nevertheless we’ve been treated very, very unfairly by the European Union.

Q Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Please, go ahead.

Q Mr. President, four Republican senators have indicated of which the extra $0 for unemployment insurance may encourage workers to leave their jobs, even though you can only collect unemployment if you’re fired. I’m curious what you think of of which concern.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I know the issue very well. We talked about This specific just a little while ago. I’ll let — Steve, I’m going to let you maybe discuss of which.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Sure. currently, the President in addition to also also I spoke to several of those senators today. nevertheless let me just explain the issue, which is actually: We wanted to have enhanced unemployment insurance. Most of these states’ systems have technology of which’s 30 years old or older.

So if we had the ability to customize This specific with much more specifics, we would certainly have. This specific was the only way we could assure of which the states could get money out quickly, in a fair way, so we use $0 across the board. in addition to also also I don’t think This specific’ll create incentives. Most Americans, what they want — they want to keep their jobs. in addition to also also I said for 50 percent of these businesses, they will possess the businesses keep those jobs.

So This specific was — our number one issue was, how do we make sure of which American workers who needed to keep getting paid — This specific is actually no fault of their own of which businesses have been shut down. The President in addition to also also Vice President wanted to make sure those hardworking Americans got money. in addition to also also This specific was the most efficient way of doing This specific.

Q Those senators of which you spoke with, are they in agreement currently?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: I’m not going to comment on the specifics of where they are, nevertheless I would certainly say, you know, our expectation is actually This specific bill passes tonight in addition to also also gets to the House tomorrow in addition to also also they pass This specific. We need to get This specific money into the American economy in addition to also also American workers. of which’s the importance of This specific.

THE PRESIDENT: The one — the one not bad thing, when you think about of which, people are going to get, actually, more money. nevertheless we don’t want to give a disincentive. nevertheless they have been talking about of which. of which’s a not bad question, actually.

Q Mr. President —

THE PRESIDENT: Yes ma’am. Please.

Q Yes. Thank you. The family — on another subject, the family of retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson says of which U.S. officials have concluded of which he’s died in Iranian custody. Are you aware of of which? in addition to also also how —

THE PRESIDENT: So —

Q — did U.S. officials reach of which conclusion?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. You know, I’ve been very much involved in of which. in addition to also also he was a great gentleman, in addition to also also a great family.

This specific’s just — I mean, I have to say This specific — in addition to also also they’ve been producing This specific statement to the family, I believe: nevertheless This specific’s not looking not bad. He wasn’t well for years anyway, in Iran. This specific’s not looking promising. We’ve gotten so many people back. We got two people back This specific week.

nevertheless Robert Levinson, who was outstanding, he was — he’s been sick for a long time. in addition to also also he had some rough problems prior to his detainment or capture. in addition to also also we feel terribly for the family.

Q Do you accept of which he is actually dead?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I don’t accept of which he’s dead. I don’t accept This specific. I mean, I’m telling you This specific’s not — This specific’s not looking great, nevertheless I won’t accept of which he’s dead. They haven’t told us of which he’s dead, nevertheless a lot of people are thinking of which of which is actually the case. I feel badly about This specific.

Q Mr. President, you had tweeted earlier, linking the closing of the country to your election success in November. is actually This specific Easter timeline based on your political interests? Because —

THE PRESIDENT: What do you mean by my election success? No.

Q You tweeted. You said of which the media wants the country to remain closed to hurt your odds of being reelected.

THE PRESIDENT: No, no. I think the media — yeah. No, the media would certainly like to see me do poorly within the election. in addition to also also I think — I think —

Q Sir, lawmakers in addition to also also economists on both sides of the aisle have said of which reopening the country by Easter is actually not a not bad idea. What is actually of which plan based on?

THE PRESIDENT: Just so you understand — are you ready? I think there are certain people of which would certainly like This specific not to open so quickly. I think there are certain people of which would certainly like This specific to do financially poorly because they think of which would certainly be very not bad as far as defeating me at the polls. in addition to also also I don’t know if of which’s so, nevertheless I do think This specific’s to ensure of which a lot of — of which there are people in your profession of which would certainly like of which to happen.

Q nevertheless your own medical experts did not endorse of which plan yesterday.

THE PRESIDENT: I think This specific’s very clear — I think This specific’s very clear of which there are people in your profession of which write fake news. You do. She does. There are people in your profession of which write fake news. They would certainly love to see me, for whatever reason — because we’ve done one hell of a job. Nobody has done the job of which we’ve done. in addition to also also This specific’s lucky of which you have This specific group here, right currently, because of This specific problem, or you wouldn’t even have a country left.

Okay. Go ahead, within the back, please.

Q Mr. President, two questions. The first one: Once you sign the 2-trillion-dollar package, how soon or how rapidly do you expect to see economic growth?

THE PRESIDENT: Who are you with? Who are you with?

Q I’m with CBN.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay.

Q in addition to also also my second question is actually: We are hearing you’re pushing for April 6th to have direct payments issued to taxpayers. is actually of which the target date?

THE PRESIDENT: I think of which’s pretty much, huh?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Again, I would certainly say our expectation is actually, within three weeks, we will have direct payments out where we have depository information. in addition to also also we’re looking to get a lot more information, in addition to also also we have procedures to do of which. So three weeks for of which. in addition to also also I would certainly say, at the end of next week, we want all the banks to be able to originate loans same day.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. I have two questions for you. One is actually This specific: of which, tomorrow, you’re going to be speaking with the G20 leaders, in addition to also also I want to know if you’re going to lead an effort to craft a worldwide ban on wild animal markets so as to prevent another pandemic, given of which COVID-19 is actually a zoonotic of which was transferred to humans in trade of exotic animals.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I don’t know of which of which subject is actually going to come up. There is actually a lot of talk of which of which’s how This specific all happened. This specific became available of China. in addition to also also they say of which’s how This specific happened in China. So This specific’s something, maybe, will be talked about, nevertheless This specific’s not the top of my list.

I think we’ll have a very — I think we’re going to have very not bad conference tomorrow.

Q in addition to also also to follow up — also, Dr. Ashish Jha, who is actually the head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, says the key to getting This specific economy open as soon as possible is actually to test everyone who needs testing so we can quarantine all infected individuals in addition to also also allow everyone else to go back to work immediately. would certainly you subscribe to of which strategy?

THE PRESIDENT: No, nevertheless I — we have tested more than anybody. I saw This specific.

Q in addition to also also if not — in addition to also also if not, how many deaths are acceptable?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. How many? None. Okay? How many deaths are acceptable to me? None. Okay? None, if of which’s your question.
Look, I saw him. I saw his statement. We have tested, by far, more than anybody. We’re testing more than anybody right currently. There’s nobody even close. in addition to also also our tests are the best tests. They’re the most accurate tests.

nevertheless if you’re saying we’re going to test 350 million people — I watched his statement; I disagree with This specific. We can go to certain states — I could name them currently, nevertheless I’m not going to do of which — nevertheless we can go to certain states right currently. They have virtually no problem or a very little problem.

We don’t have to test the entire state within the Middle West or wherever they may be. We don’t have to test the entire state. I think This specific’s ridiculous. We don’t have to do This specific. A lot of those states could go back right currently, in addition to also also they probably will. Because at some point within the not-too-distant future, certain states are going to come off the rolls. Maybe completely new York can’t in addition to also also maybe California can’t. Maybe the State of Washington can’t, although if you look at them, their biggest problem was in one nursing home.

Q nevertheless the state aren’t siloed.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, go ahead.

Q nevertheless the states aren’t siloed. in addition to also also so, I mean, somebody — if you test one state, in addition to also also then the person moves over to the additional state, well then —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you know, you’re going to just look at of which. nevertheless if you take a look at the states in addition to also also many states of which I’m talking about, they don’t have a problem. We have some big problems, nevertheless This specific’s confined to certain areas, high-density areas. So why would certainly we test the entire nation — 350 [million] people?
With of which being said, I’m going to say This specific again: We tested far more than anybody else. We are — we possess the ability to test — I mean, we’ve come a long way through an obsolete, broken system of which I inherited. We have currently tested, with the best test, far more than anybody else. in addition to also also when I say “anybody else,” I’m talking about additional countries. No country is actually even close.

They became available having a statistic, I guess yesterday, of which I heard through Dr. Birx where This specific’s for eight — eight days here, more than eight weeks in South Korea. in addition to also also South Korea has done a not bad job. nevertheless we did in eight days more than South Korea did in eight weeks. of which’s a big number.

in addition to also also we’re getting, I said before, exponentially better. Every day, This specific’s going up substantially. We have an incredible apparatus built currently.
nevertheless, no, I don’t want to test 350 million people. I think This specific’s ridiculous.
Yes, please.

Q Thank you so much, Mr. President. Two questions. I want to follow up on the G20 because the U.N. asked the G20 countries to do — for more resources, for a coordinated stimulus package, ban on tariffs, waive all sanctions to try to prevent what they call an “apocalyptic pandemic.” would certainly you consider those measures? in addition to also also —

THE PRESIDENT: With respect to what?

Q On tariffs in addition to also also also — related also to waive tariffs in addition to also also also sanctions.

THE PRESIDENT: Look, we have strong borders. Yeah.

Q in addition to also also would certainly you consider to join This specific global effort?

THE PRESIDENT: So, before I came here, we weren’t into borders. We had a country — people could come in. We had a whole different deal. currently we’re up to almost 164 miles. Think of of which: 164 miles of wall. Big, beautiful wall.
in addition to also also in those areas, This specific’s very, very tough to come in. We’ve been very tough on the borders. I mean, where we possess the wall built, nobody is actually getting through. currently, they’re going around, nevertheless of which’s a long trip. If they’re going around, of which’s the way they get through.

nevertheless, no, I’m very strong on borders in addition to also also I don’t want people coming in here. What I want is actually, if they’re going to come in, they have to come in legally. They have to come in through merit. We’re not having the people of which you’re talking about come into our country.

All right. Please.

Q Thank you, sir. A question for you in addition to also also for Dr. Fauci, if you’ll let me. Both Republican in addition to also also Democrat packages of the stimulus included $25 million worth of funding for the Kennedy Performance Arts Center —

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah.

Q — here in Washington, D.C. Shouldn’t of which money be going to masks, respirators?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’ll tell you what: I approved of which, in addition to also also I knew — This specific was $35 million, in addition to also also we actually took off $10 [million]. nevertheless I’m a fan of of which, although I haven’t spent time there because I’m far too busy. I’d love to go there evenings, nevertheless I’m too busy doing things because of which’s more important for me than going there. nevertheless the Kennedy Center has suffered greatly because nobody can go there. This specific’s essentially closed, in addition to also also they do need some funding. in addition to also also I said, “Look…” — of which was a Democrat request. of which was not my request. nevertheless you got to give them something. This specific’s something of which they wanted. You know, This specific works of which way.

The Democrats have treated us fairly. I genuinely believe of which we’ve had a very not bad back in addition to also also forth, in addition to also also I say of which with respect to Chuck Schumer. I spoke to him many times. nevertheless, you know, they had requests also. to ensure of which was a request. They were at $35 [million] as you know, in addition to also also This specific came down to $25 [million]. We got This specific down to $25 [million], in addition to also also we agreed. I said, “of which’s a lousy soundbite.

of which’s not a not bad soundbite.” nevertheless of which’s the way life works.

With of which being said, the Kennedy Center, they do a beautiful job — an incredible job. David Rubenstein does a fantastic job. He is actually very much involved in addition to also also he puts up a lot of money, in addition to also also he does things of which a lot of people wouldn’t be able to do or do. nevertheless they’ve been essentially closed. They have tremendous deficits of which are built up. I mean, This specific thing has been devastating to This specific.

So I didn’t have a big problem with This specific. nevertheless This specific was a request through the Democrats because of the fact of which they have a facility of which’s essentially closed up.
Yeah.

Q Can I ask another question, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: In additional words, you couldn’t go there if you wanted to. If I wanted to go there tonight to look at “Romeo in addition to also also Juliet” — I’d love to see “Romeo in addition to also also Juliet” tonight, right? You know what would certainly happen? They’d say, “Sorry.” Two hundred in addition to also also fifty people or fifty people, whatever This specific might be down to.

Go ahead.

Q in addition to also also then earlier today, Senator Marco Rubio told RCP of which, quote, “the entire world Health Organization showed favoritism to China,” unquote. in addition to also also then Representative Michael McCaul, the ranking member on the House Foreign Relations Committee, he questioned the integrity of the entire world Health Organization’s director, saying, quote, “of which there were several red flags in his past with respect to his relationship with China.”

Do you agree? Do you think the entire world Health Organization showed favoritism? in addition to also also then, once all the dust settles, do you think of which the United States should re-explore its relationship with the entire world Health Organization?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think there is actually a lot of — certainly a lot of talk of which has been very unfair. I think of which a lot of people feel of which. This specific’s been very unfair. This specific’s been very — very much sided with China, in addition to also also a lot of people are not happy about This specific.

At the same time, Dr. Fauci in addition to also also myself in addition to also also additional people –there are people on there of which we like in addition to also also we know. A lot of — I think your friends are on there. A lot of not bad people. A lot of not bad professionals. I don’t know, This specific’d be interesting to hear if you’d like to talk about the entire world — WHO.

nevertheless the fact is actually of which I have heard for years of which of which is actually very much biased toward China, so I don’t know.

Doctor, do you want to you — do you want me to get you into This specific political mess?

DR. FAUCI: No, I don’t want you to do of which. nevertheless I will. (Laughs.)
So, Tedros is actually genuinely an outstanding person. I’ve known him through the time of which he was the Minister of Health of Ethiopia. I mean, obviously, in recent times, anyone who says of which the WHO has not had problems has not been watching the WHO.
nevertheless I think, under his leadership, they’ve done very well. He has been all over This specific. I was on the phone with him a few hours ago leading a WHO call.

Q Praising China’s transparency, sir?

DR. FAUCI: No. No, I’m not — I’m not talking about China. You asked me about Tedros.

Q the entire world Health Organization was praising China for its transparency in addition to also also leadership on their response to the pandemic.

DR. FAUCI: You know, I can’t comment on of which because — I mean, I don’t have any viewpoint into This specific. I mean, I don’t — I don’t even know what your question is actually.

THE PRESIDENT: Hey, welcome to the group. (Laughter.)
You know, let — let me just tell you, I’ve heard of which for years. I spoke to him yesterday. Seems fine to me. I don’t know. nevertheless we’re the ones of which gave the great response, in addition to also also we’re the ones of which kept China out of here. in addition to also also if I didn’t do This specific, you’d have thousands in addition to also also thousands of people died — who would certainly’ve died — of which are currently living in addition to also also happy. If I didn’t do of which early call on China — in addition to also also nobody wanted of which to happen. Everybody thought This specific was a — just unnecessary to do This specific. in addition to also also if we didn’t do of which, thousands in addition to also also thousands of people would certainly have died, more than what’s happened. to ensure of which’s This specific.

All right, maybe one more. Steve, go ahead.

Q When you have This specific G20 meeting tomorrow, what sort of coordinated response are you expecting?

THE PRESIDENT: No coordinate — we’re going to have a meeting with the 20 nations total, including us, in addition to also also there’ll be — This specific’ll be a conference call tomorrow morning sometime.

I look forward to people I know, I like. I think, in every instance, I like every one of them, nevertheless This specific’ll be an interesting call. You’ll be the first to know.

Q in addition to also also — in addition to also also next week, when the 15-day period ends, what — what should we expect then? Are you going to extend This specific for another week or two or —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we’ll be talking. I’ll — I’ll be speaking — I’ll be speaking with Tony. I’ll be speaking with Deborah. I’ll be speaking with some of the people of which they like in addition to also also respect in addition to also also they’re going to bring along with them. We’ll be speaking to Vice President Mike Pence in addition to also also Steve, in addition to also also we’ll be speaking to everybody. I’m not going to do anything rash or hastily. I don’t do of which.

nevertheless the country wants to get back to work. Our country was built to get back to work. We don’t possess the — a country where they say, “Hey, let’s close This specific down For two main years.” We can’t do of which. This specific’s not our country.

So we’re going to be talking, in addition to also also This specific could be we’ll do sections of our country. There’s big sections of our country of which are very, you know, little affected by what’s taking place. Then there are additional sections of which are very heavily affected, so there’s a big difference.

nevertheless, no, I would certainly say by Easter we’ll have a recommendation, in addition to also also maybe before Easter. in addition to also also at the end of the 15th day or even during the 15th day, I think we’ll have some kind of a recommendation. nevertheless our country wants to get back to work, Steve.

I have had so many people — in addition to also also they want to practice social distancing in addition to also also they want to practice no handshaking. No handshaking. They’re not going to go walk around hugging in addition to also also kissing each additional within the office when they come back, even though they may feel like This specific. They’re going to do — they’re going to wash their hands more than they’ve ever done. They’re going to do all the things you’re supposed to do.

nevertheless, Steve, you know what? This specific’s — This specific’s time. They want — people want to get back to work. I’m having — I get — you know, I get This specific through both sides, in all fairness, in addition to also also maybe This specific’s a combination of both. Tony said before, a combination of both is actually — is actually sometimes very not bad.

nevertheless there are areas of which possibly, probably they won’t qualify. There are additional areas of which qualify almost currently. So we’re going to have to see what happens, nevertheless This specific’ll be an interesting period of time. I’d like to get our country back. I have tremendous numbers of people wanting to go back. You have store owners where the store is actually sitting there. They don’t know what’s happened; they’ve got to get back. You have businesses of which are going to be closed. The longer we stay out, the longer we do This specific — we want to go quickly. The longer we stay out, the harder This specific is actually to bring This specific incredible — we were having the most successful years of which we’ve ever had within the history of our country.

You saw what happened yesterday with the stocks, in addition to also also today they’re up. I’m telling you, if Steve gets the deal done — the incredible incentive deal — This specific’s going to take care of people, This specific’s going to take care of our workers, This specific’s going to take care of companies of which employ all these workers — little in addition to also also big.

By the way, I would certainly say we spend more time on the little companies, Steve, than we did on the big companies. You know, people ask about of which. We spend more time thinking about the little businesses than the big, in addition to also also of which’s been — you know of which genuinely fuels our country. We want to get back, in addition to also also the people want to get back. We want to get our — our country going again in addition to also also we’ll be able to do of which.

So, the Vice President is actually going to stay with you in addition to also also going to take a few more questions, specifically, in addition to also also I will see you tomorrow.

Thank you very much.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you all. I’ll report on today’s action by the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The President in addition to also also our entire team continue to be inspired by the way people all across This specific country are putting into practice “15 Days to Slow the Spread.”

We are 10 days into the 15 days. in addition to also also let me say again to every American: If you’re in an area of which’s been impacted by the coronavirus, This specific’s absolutely essential of which you listen to state in addition to also also local authorities for guidance.

nevertheless for every American: What you can do is actually implement the practices outlined within the President’s coronavirus guidelines today. Because we truly do believe of which, as millions of Americans have done in addition to also also will continue to do, of which we can significantly impact the — the rate of growth in This specific epidemic in our country, we can spare Americans through exposure to the coronavirus, in addition to also also we can save lives.

in addition to also also so, on behalf of the President in addition to also also our entire task force, I want to say thank you to the American people. Thank you for your cooperation. Thank you for embracing the principles in “15 Days to Slow the Spread.”

We heard about of which cooperation today in a series of conference calls. We spoke with equipment manufacturers who are stepping forward as never before to assist us in developing the medical equipment of which is actually essential, whether This specific be masks or additional medical supplies or ventilators.

FEMA reported to our task force today of which hundreds of companies have stepped forward to be involved within the supply
chain in addition to also also we are — we are vetting nearly 70 of those countries [sic] for specific repurposing of their manufacturing to produce everything through masks to gloves to gowns, in addition to also also of course, to ventilators.

We also had a very productive call with Secretary Betsy DeVos, with education leaders through around the country today. in addition to also also let me say, on behalf of the President in addition to also also a grateful nation, thank you to all of our teachers, many of whom are currently home teaching children through afar, even in many cases while they have their own kids home through school. You are truly heroes in addition to also also the Department of Education, as well as your State Department of Education, are grateful to each in addition to also also every one of you who find yourselves educating out of home. in addition to also also the Department of Education carries a helpful website on coronavirus recommendations: Ed.gov/Coronavirus.

in addition to also also as we mentioned before, Secretary Betsy DeVos in addition to also also Secretary Sonny Perdue will be joining us at This specific podium on Friday to speak about distance learning recommendations of which have been made not just for secondary or for college education, nevertheless also for K-12 education. We’re opening up avenues, creating completely new flexibility to ensure of which not only college students can continue to be involved in learning through afar, nevertheless children K-12 can do the same. Secretary Perdue will also be here to talk about the food lunch program in addition to also also free in addition to also also reduced lunches.

Today, the President in addition to also also I also spoke to over 150 CEOs of the top nonprofit organizations within the country. We thanked them for their ongoing work supplying the needs not only of people impacted by the coronavirus, nevertheless the most vulnerable among us in our communities. Organizations like Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Feeding America are all still working every day. in addition to also also we promised to urge every American: If you possess the means in addition to also also possess the ability, continue to be generous to nonprofit organizations of which are helping those most in need in your community.

The President marshaled a whole-of-government approach. of which means working with our governors today. The President in addition to also also I were in direct contact with governors of completely new York, California, Washington State, completely new Jersey, Michigan, in addition to also also others, in addition to also also we continue to be inspired in addition to also also impressed by the leadership of which governors are providing in their states, producing tough choices, leading their states. in addition to also also the President in addition to also also I are truly grateful.

The task force made a recommendation in addition to also also FEMA has assembled a team for — to provide technical assistance to the state of completely new York. in addition to also also of which team was welcomed by Governor Cuomo. This specific will be arriving on the ground there very soon along with all the additional resources of which the President recently announced would certainly be flowing to completely new York in addition to also also to Washington State in addition to also also to California.

In my conversation with Governor Gavin Newsom of California, I was pleased to speak to him in addition to also also hear of which our FEMA team is actually literally at the table with the State of California’s team, working to meet their supply needs, working to work on capacity. in addition to also also I want the people to know, within the states of which are most impacted by the coronavirus, of which we are with you, we’re going to stay with you, in addition to also also we’re going to continue to work around the clock to make sure you’re courageous healthcare workers, your health systems, in addition to also also your state governments possess the resources to support your response.

On the subject of testing, Dr. Birx will reflect on what the data is actually showing in just a moment. Not including local labs in addition to also also hospitals, we are at 432,000 tests completed. in addition to also also we’re pleased to see of which there are literally drive-through in addition to also also community sites around the country, in addition to also also the U.S. Public Health Service is actually assisting states in standing those up each in addition to also also every day.

We do remind hospitals in addition to also also labs around the country — in addition to also also the moment the President signs the bill of which — of which This specific’s absolutely essential of which they provide the results of the tests to us. This specific gives up visibility into what’s happening on the ground. nevertheless because of the public-private partnership President Trump initiated with these vast commercial lab networks around the country, we’re adding tens of thousands of tests every single day.

On the subject of supplies: Before the end of the week, we’ll talk a bit more, as the President did moments ago, about the supply chain. I was at FEMA last night in addition to also also literally saw a room full of people with laptops in addition to also also cell phones. We are literally leaving no stone unturned, as I told governors today, to find medical supplies, whether This specific be — whether This specific be masks or gowns or gloves or ventilators. in addition to also also the team is actually working around the clock to meet those needs.

A few smaller items: First in addition to also also foremost, the CDC is actually developing guidance, which we’ll be publishing tomorrow, about the best way to utilize our natural resources at our parks. This specific would certainly be several weeks ago of which our Park Service waived all entrance fees. in addition to also also we directed the CDC to produ- — produce guidance for how people can still practice social distancing in addition to also also common sense nevertheless be outdoors in addition to also also enjoy our natural parks. We’ll also be sharing of which guidance with the vast state parks systems around the country in addition to also also encouraging their support.

With of which, let me — let me last say, again, there’s nothing more important for the American people to do to slow the spread than to heed your state in addition to also also local guidance in areas impacted by the coronavirus, in addition to also also for everyone else to put into practice the “15 Days to Slow the Spread.” Dr. Fauci will reflect on the importance of mitigation in addition to also also the impact of which we believe of which This specific is actually having around the country.

nevertheless This specific is actually — the people ask me, through time to time, “What can I do?” in addition to also also I say through my heart to every American: This specific is actually what you can do not just to protect your own health in addition to also also of which of your family, nevertheless no American wants to inadvertently spread the coronavirus, particularly to those of which may be vulnerable to serious health consequences.

Remember of which the risk of serious illness to the average American remains low. I mean, the vast majority of people of which contract the coronavirus will have mild symptoms to flu-like symptoms in addition to also also — in addition to also also will recover. nevertheless for seniors with serious underlying health conditions or with people with immunodeficiencies, everyone needs to practice the principles of “15 Days to Slow the Spread.”

The President announced This specific week of which we are looking forward to the day of which we can open up the country. in addition to also also This specific team will be bringing in recommendations about how we can safely in addition to also also responsibly do just of which.

nevertheless for every American of which wants to see America back in business, you can hasten the day by putting into practice the “15 Days to Slow the Spread.” Go to Coronavirus.gov for details. in addition to also also I truly do believe if all of us will do all of which we can do, we will slow the spread, we will protect the most vulnerable, in addition to also also we will heal our land.

With of which, let me recognize Dr. Tony Fauci in addition to also also to speak about —

DR. FAUCI: (Inaudible.)

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Oh, Dr. Birx, please. in addition to also also then Dr. Fauci.

Thanks, Deborah.

DR. BIRX: Thank you, Mr. Vice President. in addition to also also thank you all for listening to us talk to the American people.

We’ve been watching the testing results very — This specific’s very critical to us. This specific’s very critical to be looking at of which very carefully.

Let me tell you two things of which are going on in parallel: Our system to look at flu-like illnesses is actually still up in addition to also also running in addition to also also — in county after county in addition to also also state after state. in addition to also also why is actually of which important? For those of you who have been following the flu epidemic This specific year, you’ll remember we had flu A, then we had another peak of flu B. in addition to also also those systems of which are in every single state in addition to also also local government is actually the platform where we can see whether there’s any increase in flu-like illnesses.

So if you have very few cases in your state in addition to also also in your counties, maintain your flu surveillance system of which you work closely with the CDC on, in addition to also also look for improvements in your slope of completely new flu-like illnesses. in addition to also also there are enough test kits, in addition to also also there’s particularly enough of the CDC test kit where we started off — of which runs on your flu surveillance platform — to be constantly surveilling what those flu-like illnesses are in our states in addition to also also counties of which have very low number of cases.

We have counties still with zero to one cases, nevertheless they can participate within the surveillance of which we need to have out there currently by using their flu-like surveillance system. in addition to also also we thank all of the states who have of which up in addition to also also running.

If you go to CDC.gov in addition to also also go to “Flu Surveillance”, you can see state by state, in addition to also also you can be looking at those curves with us. This specific’s what we’re looking at day by day, in addition to the testing results of which are coming in.

For the testing results still on — there’s four counties of which constitute the majority of both the current cases in addition to also also completely new cases. I think you know those are completely new York City; Westchester, completely new York; Suffolk; in addition to also also Nassau County. Those are the four counties, all associated with completely new York in addition to also also the completely new York metro area. There’s a few counties in completely new Jersey, nevertheless This specific is actually still where 56 percent of the cases are in addition to also also 56 percent of the completely new cases.

This specific’s very important of which people look at the number of completely new cases per day. Remember, we told you This specific’s going to take us a while to work through the testing backlog. I think we’re close to working through the testing backlog to ensure of which you can interpret the number of cases per day. in addition to also also you will see, in completely new York City, of which the number of cases per day has been relatively constant over the last three days; those are the number of completely new cases per day.

This specific is actually a real call to every person in completely new York City in addition to also also the completely new York metro area to continue every one of these “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” in addition to also also to do of which part of This specific at the same time of which they’re following the mayors’ in addition to also also governor’s piece.

Yesterday we talked about people of which may have left the metro area of which were residents — residents of the metro area of which may have gone to secondary homes or additional places where — to reside. in addition to also also we’ve asked all of them to carefully monitor their temperatures in addition to also also self-isolate through the communities where they went just to ensure their own health in addition to also also the health of their communities while they — people move around the country.

Finally, why This specific is actually so important: This specific’s very important to me personally because my grandmother, for 88 years, lived with the fact of which she was the one, at age 11, who brought home flu to her mother, named Leah — for which I am named — when her mother had just delivered. in addition to also also her mother succumbed to the great 1918 flu. She never forgot of which she was the child of which was in school of which innocently brought of which flu home.

This specific is actually why we keep saying to every American: You have a role to protect each in addition to also also every person of which you interact with. We have a role to protect one another. This specific’s why we are social distancing in addition to also also you are social distancing. nevertheless to every American out there: When you are protecting yourself, you’re protecting others.

in addition to also also if you — inadvertently, I know — brought This specific virus home to someone having a preexisting condition, I can tell you my grandmother lived with of which for 88 years. So This specific is actually what we’re trying — This specific is actually the message of which’s important to everybody. This specific is actually not a theoretic; This specific is actually a reality. You can see the number of deaths of which are occurring. We all have a role in preventing them.

So thank you for the work of which you do to get our message out to others to genuinely ensure of which every American understands how important their role is actually as we move through these next 5 days to not let up for an instant.

I hear some reports of which someone said, “Oh, well, the completely new cases in completely new York are increasing,” or “The hospitalizations are increasing.” The number of completely new cases over the last three days have been consistent, nevertheless not rising any more than a consistent day-over-day rise. You will see hospital cases continue to raise because they are a reflection of what happened one to two weeks ago, before the full mitigation efforts were put into place.

So, each person in every place — no matter what county, what community, what state — can work with us to ensure of which we prevent the spread of This specific virus to others. So thank you.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well done.

Doctor?

DR. FAUCI: Thank you, Mr. Vice President. I just want to spend a couple of minutes telling you a little bit about some information of which I got on our weekly call of which we have at least once a week with the W- — with WHO, which is actually led by Dr. Tedros in addition to also also Mike Ryan, who’s the point man there, to give us some information. in addition to also also, in of which regard, I want to apologize for my curt response to you when you asked me about the China deal because I shouldn’t have done of which. of which’s not my style.

nevertheless what I genuinely wanted to say is actually of which my job is actually of which I’m a scientist, I’m a physician, in addition to also also I’m a public-health person in addition to also also I don’t like to get involved in of which stuff.

So, anyway, getting back to the WHO. So we learned some genuinely interesting information because, obviously, the additional countries, like China in addition to also also others, have — had been hit prior of which we did.

One of the things of which was striking to me — in addition to also also I just throw This specific out because This specific’s something of which we will face. We’re not facing This specific currently, nevertheless we will face — our Chinese colleagues are very concerned because they went through the entire cycle of the curve to come down. in addition to also also they have very, very few cases. nevertheless what they’re starting to see as they’re relaxing the constraints on travel, of which they’re getting imported cases. in addition to also also they wanted to warn us of which when we get successful, make sure you very carefully examine how you’re going to Discharge the constraints on inputs.

So I know we’re going to be successful in putting This specific under control, nevertheless I think we’re going to have to remember, we don’t want to import cases in. of which’s the first thing for today.

The second thing of which was important is actually of which — This specific was something of which Dr. Birx mentioned. in addition to also also of which is actually, when you look at the inflection of the curves, we currently have multiple different countries of which have gone through various phases of their individual outbreaks in addition to also also you could learn something through them about where you are in your own outbreak.

For example, when China went up, what happened is actually they just didn’t turn around. They went through going to — I’ll just take an arbitrary number — 500 completely new cases a day. The next day, This specific was 1,000 cases, then 1,500, in addition to also also then 2,000. nevertheless once the number of completely new cases each day starts to flatten out, of which’s when you get to of which point where the inflection goes down.

So if you — what — things we want to look for are the things of which Dr. Birx had mentioned. of which doesn’t mean you declare victory when This specific does of which, nevertheless you know you’re at least on the way to where you want to go. in addition to also also I think of which’s genuinely very important.

The third in addition to also also final thing of which I think gets back to the question of which many of you within the audience have asked of us, is actually about: would certainly This specific possibly become a seasonal cyclic thing? in addition to also also I’ve always indicated to you of which I think This specific very well might.

in addition to also also the reason I say of which is actually of which what we’re starting to see currently within the Southern Hemisphere — in southern Africa in addition to also also within the Southern-Hemisphere countries — is actually of which we’re having cases of which are appearing as they go into their winter season. in addition to also also if, in fact, they have a substantial outbreak, This specific will be inevitable of which we need to be prepared of which we’ll get a cycle around the second time.

What does of which mean for us in addition to also also what we’re doing? This specific totally emphasizes the need to do what we’re doing in developing a vaccine, testing This specific quickly, in addition to also also trying to get This specific ready to ensure of which we’ll have a vaccine available for of which next cycle. In addition, to do the randomized controlled trials of drugs, to ensure of which we will have a menu of drugs of which we have shown to be effective in addition to also also shown to be safe. Because I know we’ll be successful in putting This specific down currently, nevertheless we genuinely need to be prepared for another cycle. in addition to also also what we’re doing, I believe, will prepare us well.

Thank you.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Doctor. We’ll take a few questions. Please.

Q Mr. Vice President, on ventilators, some genuinely important reporting through the Center of Public Integrity today. They suggested of which there’s only 16,000 within the National Stockpile. Can you just give us some clarity: How many ventilators do you possess the National Stockpile? Who else is actually producing them? in addition to also also how long will This specific take for them to make the critical mass? Because based on the Center for Public Integrity, This specific appears there aren’t enough in addition to also also people are doing to die as a result.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Ventilators has been a singular focus of a not bad portion of our Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force at FEMA since the President stood up, FEMA’s National Response Center. in addition to also also we’re producing progress in a variety of ways.

First, there — there is actually the National Stockpile, which you refer. in addition to also also depending on what’s been distributed, we just delivered 4,000 ventilators to completely new York, including ventilators of which we sent to completely new York City. nevertheless there’s of which — of which number of some —

Q Which number?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: — some 20,000. Less than 20,000. I won’t dispute your number. Beyond of which, there literally are, by most estimates, more than 150,000 ventilators within the broad healthcare system all across the country.

We also, working with anesthesiologists — in addition to also also there was a very important conference call today — we have determined, several weeks ago, of which the devices of which anesthesiologists use for outpatient surgery can be converted with the change of just one vent to a very useful ventilator.

I actually spoke to Governor Cuomo about of which today. He’s within the process of surveying all of his surgical centers, as governors around the country are doing. We literally believe there’s tens of thousands of ventilators of which can be converted currently of which the FDA has given guidance. in addition to also also Dr. Birx can probably speak to of which in a moment.

We actually have produced a helpful video to explain how quickly those devices can be converted, nevertheless we’re also working with General Motors in addition to also also — in addition to also also additional companies to immediately spin up production. Those contracts are being reviewed. We’re vetting their capability.

nevertheless one of the additional ideas is actually, as we look at areas of the country of which are most impacted — in addition to also also currently more than half of the cases for coronavirus are in completely new York State in addition to also also within the region around there — nevertheless we’ll focus — we’ll want to focus our resources, including ventilators, on where — where communities are struggling the most with coronavirus.

in addition to also also so one of the ways of which we’re working through of which at FEMA currently is actually by spinning up production in addition to also also, at the same time, working with the existing national supply — maybe through areas of which don’t have a particular burden yet with the coronavirus — in addition to also also producing sure of which we’re manufacturing, backfilling, in addition to also also meeting of which need.

nevertheless what I can tell you is actually we’ve got an extraordinary team. Admiral Polowczyk is actually a two-star Navy Admiral who’s doing an incredible job. We literally are identifying resources around the country in addition to also also around the entire world. We’re contracting in addition to also also arranging transportation for those.

nevertheless maybe — maybe, Dr. Birx, you can speak to the ventilator, quickly —

DR. BIRX: Thank you.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: — transition.

DR. BIRX: Thank you, sir.

So I just want to thank Dr. Mary Peterson in addition to also also the whole team of the American Association of Anesthesiologists because they immediately — when we asked them, “Could these be modified?” — they went to immediate work on This specific. They’ve done — they’re going to have Q&A’s up for — nevertheless more importantly, every anesthesiologist in every city has been working with their state in addition to also also local health officials to genuinely work with them how to change This specific.

in addition to also also I think of which This specific’s not only the ventilators of which they’ll be supplying; they possess the people of which run those ventilators of which are not any longer doing elective surgery. So changing of which electrics [sic] — elective surgery piece over a week ago has freed up a lot of additional resources.

When I talk to you about how we are, we’ve done some things of which are very horizontal across the country, nevertheless we’re collecting data currently in a county-by-county, granular way.

So This specific’s like any epidemic; This specific’s not equal everywhere. There are places of which are very spared in addition to also also there’s places where there’s more. We have a very vast country having a lot of capacity in addition to also also a lot of infrastructure.

in addition to also also so, looking very specifically about where the virus has been, where is actually This specific going, who’s got freed up resources through where This specific has been — because This specific didn’t hit all — This specific hit Washington State earlier than This specific hit completely new York — in addition to also also looking at all of those pieces to genuinely ensure how we can innovatively move equipment around based on the need.

in addition to also also so, I know of which This specific has become a place where people are looking at numbers rather than what is actually needed. Because if you do these projections, when you got to those projections of which said — like in Germany in addition to also also others, of which implied of which 60 percent or 50 percent of the population would certainly get infected — the — I want to be very clear, the only way of which happens is actually if This specific virus remains continuously moving through populations in This specific cycle, within the fall cycle, in addition to also also another cycle. to ensure of which’s through three cycles with nothing being done.

in addition to also also so we’re dealing with Cycle A right currently, not the one of which could come within the fall of 2020 — although we’re getting prepared for This specific by the innovations of which are being worked on — in addition to also also not the 2021. We’re genuinely dealing with the here in addition to also also currently, while we’re planning for the future. in addition to also also I think the numbers of which have been put out there are actually very frightening to people.

nevertheless I can tell you, if you go back in addition to also also look at Wuhan in addition to also also Hubei in addition to also also all of these provinces, when they talk about 60,000 people being infected, even if you said, “Oh, right. Well, there is actually asymptomatics in addition to also also all of of which” — so you get to 0,000 people out of 80 million. of which is actually nowhere close to the numbers of which you see people putting out there. I think This specific has frightened the American people. I think on a freely — on a design of which you just run full out, you can get to those numbers if you have zero controls in addition to also also you do nothing.

in addition to also also we know of which every American is actually doing something. in addition to also also so I think what our job right currently is actually, is actually to carefully detail on a hospital by hospital, state by state, county by county, to outline what the infrastructure needs are in addition to also also ensure of which we’re meeting them, both through the stockpile in addition to also also through the generosity in addition to also also movement of the American people in addition to also also additional hospitals.

Q Dr. Birx, a lot of folks out there, well intentioned, are sewing cloth masks in addition to also also donating them to hospitals. Are you or Dr. Fauci — can you weigh in on of which? Because obviously these people have great intentions, nevertheless there’s some mixed feedback on whether of which’s a not bad idea.

DR. FAUCI: I’m sorry, what —

Q Better than nothing? Surgical masks — people are sewing them. So, clothing manufacturers, volunteers — dropping them off at hospitals. is actually of which necessary? is actually of which helpful? is actually This specific something you’d recommend? Better than nothing?

DR. FAUCI: Well, I mean, you would certainly only recommend of which under desperate situations if you don’t have any masks. nevertheless what we’re seeing currently, as you’ve heard, is actually a rather significant inflow of masks of which are coming in of which are going to be available.

I mean, obviously, if you don’t have a mask in addition to also also you need a mask in addition to also also This specific’s appropriate for you to wear This specific, you do what you can. nevertheless I don’t see of which currently as a necessity given what’s going on right currently.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Great. Great.

Q Mr. Vice President —

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Go ahead back there. We’ll take a couple of more. Thanks.

Q Thank you, Mr. Vice President. We keep hearing reports of competition among the states of which are trying to buy This specific necessary equipment on the private market. in addition to also also the governor of Kentucky said yesterday of which his state was in line to buy some equipment, nevertheless FEMA came in in addition to also also bought This specific — purchased This specific through under them.

So he says This specific is actually creating a real problem for the states because, on the one hand, they’re being told to get the equipment themselves if they can. nevertheless on the additional hand, the federal government is actually buying up the supply chain. So is actually This specific a problem of which you’re hearing about in addition to also also what is actually your advice to states like Kentucky of which are having This specific issue?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I actually spoke to the governor of Michigan today — Governor Whitmer in addition to also also I — about just of which. in addition to also also we put our FEMA regional representative right on the case.

We want to make sure of which we are — we’re acquiring every bit as much as we can through FEMA. nevertheless as we’ve work with the supply chain, we want to have full coordination with the states in addition to also also the requests they’re producing, in addition to also also hospitals — of which they’re producing. in addition to also also we’re looking into those matters.

nevertheless make no mistake about This specific: This specific FEMA team, at the President’s direction, is actually leaning into This specific effort, leaving no stone unturned — literally searching not just the nation, nevertheless the entire world for all these critical supplies. in addition to also also as the President just reported to you, we’re within the process of shipping 9.4 million N95 respirators, 20 million surgical masks, 3.1 million face shields, in addition to also also the list goes on. in addition to also also we’re going to be shipping those every single day.

nevertheless as I told Governor Whitmer today, who is actually leading her state through all of This specific with great energy, we want to partner with her in addition to also also we want to partner with every governor in addition to also also make sure of which the left hand knows what the right hand is actually doing, in terms of acquiring resources.

How about you right here? You haven’t had one.

Q Thank you so much.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: No, right here.

Q Thank you.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Go ahead.

Q On the mask question, people work — healthcare workers on the ground still report of which there are mask shortages. When — what timeline do you predict for producing sure everyone who needs masks is actually adequately supplied?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m going to let Dr. Birx address of which as well. nevertheless let me say again: I just received a report — we’re going to be detailing This specific before the end of the week — where we’ve literally identified significant resources — not just around the country, nevertheless around the entire world — of the masks of which can be used by healthcare workers.

in addition to also also — nevertheless as Dr. Birx said, we are focusing those resources within the areas where healthcare workers are most exposed to the prospect of contracting the coronavirus. The President has made This specific clear through early on, right after seeing the needs of Americans who are struggling with the coronavirus, producing sure they possess the support of which they need. On the same level of priority, we want our healthcare workers to possess the personal protective equipment to be able to do their job safely. in addition to also also we’re working on of which.

I will tell you, I spoke about This specific today to several governors — not only the governor of Michigan, nevertheless the governor of Indiana. in addition to also also President Trump in addition to also also I couldn’t be more grateful the way governors around the country are joining us in calling on businesses to go back to their warehouses in addition to also also identify industrial masks — N95 masks — of which, because of the change of which President Trump insisted on within the law, can currently be used by hospital workers. in addition to also also they’re perfectly acceptable to protect a healthcare worker through the possibility of a respiratory disease.

nevertheless we’re calling on in addition to also also our governors are joining us in calling on every business across America, during This specific time of great challenge where many businesses are idled, to go back to your storehouses, identify N95 industrial masks. in addition to also also, as I told our governors today: They can call FEMA, they can call the state, the state healthcare services, or they can just load them up on a flatbed in addition to also also drive them over to their local hospital.

in addition to also also literally we hear stories in every state within the Union of people doing of which. in addition to also also so This specific’s — This specific’s happening all at the same time in addition to also also we’ll be detailing the progress we’re producing on masks.

Anything further, Deb?

DR. BIRX: Thank you, Mr. Vice President. I just wanted to add one piece. in addition to also also This specific is actually genuinely a call to every state out there in addition to also also every county of which has been doing community-based testing.

The FDA put out completely new guidance — we talked about This specific several days ago — of which people can do self-testing within the drive-through, where you give them the materials to do This specific in their car in addition to also also you pick This specific up in a biohazard bag. This specific would certainly free up all of of which PPE — of which you see being utilized in those drive-throughs — back to the hospitals in addition to also also back to the clinics of which need This specific the most.

We have to move to the completely new technology. We’re — FDA worked tirelessly to get of which out there to ensure of which This specific could be sparing of gowns in addition to also also gloves in addition to also also full mes- — respiratory N95s. This specific is actually the moment to move to of which self-testing front-of-nose with the completely new applicators of which can be utilized to ensure of which every single bit of the N95s can be put into the hospitals of which need them.

(Cross-talk.)

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Let me just — let me just — let me just say, we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. We’ll be back here with further progress in addition to also also news.

nevertheless if I could just say to every American: We’ll get through This specific.

Q is actually he okay? You keep asking him if he’s okay.

DR. FAUCI: I’m fine. I’m not bad.

Q He keeps asking you if you’re okay.

THE VICE PRESIDENT: We’ll get through This specific.

DR. FAUCI: I’m tired. (Laughter.)

THE VICE PRESIDENT: nevertheless we’ll get through This specific together.

Every American needs to understand of which whether you are in an area of which’s impacted by the coronavirus or an area where there’s very few cases, if you do your part to put into practice “15 Days to slow the Spread,” you will do just of which. You’ll — you’ll impact the spread of This specific coronavirus epidemic in our country. These experts tell me of which we can significantly reduce the number of Americans of which would certainly be exposed to the coronavirus as every American continues to put these guidelines into practice.

in addition to also also we just know of which with all of the extraordinary effort of which’s being done at the federal level by This specific tremendous team in addition to also also all of our agencies, all the great leadership by governors in both parties across the country, with all the incredible in addition to also also courageous work by healthcare workers, with the cooperation in addition to also also the prayers of the American people, we will get This specific done. We will — we will not only — we will not only slow the spread, we’ll protect the vulnerable, in addition to also also we’ll heal our land.

Thank you all. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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