Hershey Med School grad named to VP Mike Pence’s coronavirus task force

29 Février, 2020, 05:27 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Hershey Med School grad named to VP Mike Pence’s coronavirus task force

He named a seasoned medical professional as his chief adviser on the response and said Trump had "tasked us to take every step necessary to protect the health of the American people".

"I think Speaker Pelosi is incompetent". Facing lawmakers' questions Thursday about the new organizational chart, Azar said Pence would now fill that role.

Administration aides insisted there was no daylight between the two men, noting that Pence had scheduled the first meeting to be held at HHS, rather than at the White House.

"Yesterday, President Trump directed me to lead a whole-of-government approach to address the coronavirus in the country", Pence said.

"Our findings suggest that with earlier action the actual number of infections recorded in Scott County - 215 - might have been brought down to fewer than 56, if the state had acted in 2013, or to fewer than 10 infections, if they had responded to the. outbreak in 2010-2011", said Forrest Crawford, an associate professor of biostatistics at Yale, when the study was released.

"I'll be honest with you".

President Donald Trump speaks at the beginning of a news conference with members of the coronavirus task force on February 26.

"We are going to make sure that states like Florida and your local governments have the resources to prepare for any eventuality and in the event that this virus spreads more broadly that the states will be compensated for their efforts", said Pence, who promised to work across party lines.

Until now, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had the role of coordinating the response across the government outside of the health care agencies.

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Ambassador-at-Large Deborah Birx, the United States global AIDS coordinator since 2014, will be the White House coronavirus response coordinator, Vice President Mike Pence's office said in a release.

The White House also announced Thursday that top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, along with the surgeon general and the Treasury secretary, would join the White House Coronavirus Task Force. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones average closed down 123.77 points with a loss of 0.5 percent, while the S&P dropped 11.82 points or 0.4 percent.

The stock market is having its worst week since 2008.

"Mike Pence literally does not believe in science". The administration has requested an additional $2.5 billion, while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY countered with an $8.5 billion proposal. At the end of the briefing, Azar said he was "delighted" to have the vice president's help, but also said he wanted to "clarify" that "I'm still chairman of the task force".

Greg Millett, director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, said Indiana's HIV outbreak would have been "entirely preventable" if Pence had acted earlier in response to data that was available to in public health officials and clearly showed an outbreak was imminent.

The White House described Birx as a "scientist, physician, and mom, with three decades of public health expertise, including virulent diseases, their vaccines, and interagency coordination".

Trump announced Wednesday during a news conference that Pence would take over the administration's response to the coronavirus, which has now spread to more than 80,000 people worldwide and sparked a major sell-off on Wall Street.

Global stocks tumbled to four-month lows on Thursday, government debt yields sunk and crude oil extended declines as anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus surged.



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