Friday Coronavirus Update: All States Have Enough Tests for Phase One

Friday Coronavirus Update: All States Have Enough Tests for Phase One

Pleasanton, Calif – April 18, 2020 – President Donald Trump opened the daily Coronavirus press briefing with a summary of where all elements of the response stand today. The president announced that several manufacturers were turning out Coronavirus testing equipment rapidly and significantly, there are enough test kits for all states that qualify to enter Phase One of the ‘Opening Up America Again’ project. In keeping with this pattern of the Federal response, President Trump said that it will be up to governors to declare and implement re-opening procedures in their states.

Attending the briefing today are:  ‘Sonny’ Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture; Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Dr. Robert Redfield, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator; Admiral Brett Giroir, Asst Secretary for Health, HHS; and Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Concluding his update, the president handed off to Vice President Pence, saying he would return to participate in the Q/A portion of the briefing.

Led by the vice president, all except Ms Verma reported on details of the progress made within their agencies in the efforts to date, including specific details on the mechanics of the processes put into place with, the Federal agencies supporting State efforts.

President Trump rejoined the briefing to answer questions from the press. Please see the video below for the full briefing.

When the official Transcript becomes available, PSB will update this story.

Video of today’s briefing:

(courtesy of White House YouTube)

Clips of today’s briefing:

(courtesy of White House Twitter)

(courtesy of Mike Pence Twitter)

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