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Trump's coronavirus task force gives update at White House

Apr 06, 2020
yeah I'm still not sure 6:45 right now it feels better hey J o we didn't break up right now okay I don't listen to the schedule you check thanks I got it yeah yeah hey monitoring it's Jeremy oh yeah everyone is fine thank you very much everyone , all these people have been working very, very hard today. I will tell you that you have been working for a long time, but before we begin, I want to express our nation's good wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he fights his own fight against the virus all Americans are praying for him he is a friend of mine he is a great gentleman and a great leader and as you know he was taken to the hospital today but i'm hopeful and i'm sure he's going to be okay he's a strong man a strong person today every patriotic American heart beats in solidarity with the amazing people of New York and New Jersey have become a very hot area, but very good things are happening in New York the first time there were deaths. less than before that's the first drop so far so maybe that's a good sign and hospital levels are starting to drop maybe it's been very brief but maybe it will drop so we wish Governor Cuomo and everyone the people in new york great and new jersey the governors are doing a great job he is doing a great job in new jersey they were hit very hard i just want to say the full power of american government and american enterprise is really this is an all out military operation that we have and especially over the last few weeks, 50 states and territories have been approved for major disaster declarations, which is very unusual thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers.
trump s coronavirus task force gives update at white house
The Javits Center in New York City is now one of the largest hospitals in the United States. for the treatment of the virus patients and staff by hundreds of federal medical personnel deployed to the Army Hospital units and they are doing a great job this was something we were not expecting to do but they needed help in New York and we sent federal troops, not just troops, we also said a lot of very talented doctors, nurses, first responders, people are now running Javits, also as you know the comfort of the USNS being in New York has been a topic of a lot of publicity. that coming in and well that wasn't supposed to be for the virus at all and under no circumstances but it looks like more and more we'll be using it for that so we'll see that it was supposed to be for people who have other medical issues but It's very interesting because there are practically no cars on the road, there are no motorcycles on the road, there is nothing on the road, the things that would normally be taken care of we don't see anymore, so we haven't seen them in a long time. time may be positive but the ship is ready and if it has to be done if we need it if we need it for the virus we will use it for that they prefer not for obvious reasons but if for some reason they need it it is ready willing and able we have the best doctors the best military leaders and the best logistics professionals anywhere in the world and we are mounting a massive federal response unlike anything our country has ever seen or done we have never done anything like this and increasingly we are using our medical personnel because of the fact that the jurisdiction establishes, in particular, New York, New Jersey, the Connecticut area, Long Island has now become a New York hotspot that sends a lot of things, a lot of supplies and now we're sending personnel where they're needed military personnel as of Tuesday we will have deployed more than 3,000 military and public health professionals to New York, New Jersey, Connec ticut and other parts of our country 3000 and that number is increasing and we hope to see a stabilization in the most critical points of all so you'll see, you'll see in the next few days let's see what happens but we're prepared in the last seven days.
trump s coronavirus task force gives update at white house

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FEMA has airlifted critical supplies and protective gear from all corners of the ear. They come from all parts of the planet, including from the United States, where the equipment is not so necessary since last Sunday, the cargo planes have delivered almost 300 million gloves, almost eight million masks and three million gowns and many more . Loaded cargo planes are on their way three large ones that landed today and these supplies are distributed directly to hospitals and healthcare providers across the country so that that huge amount of material that we are receiving is delivered across the country tomorrow we will deliver 600,000 masks n95 additional to New York City to serve the needs of the public hospital system was a request from Mayor DeBlasio we have been working very well with Mayor de Blasio bringing him many things he is working very hard I can tell you that and we are working very hard with the city of New York and with the state of New York and at the request of Congressman Lee Zeldin on Long Island we'll be doing a We'll also be delivering another 200,000 n95 masks to Suffolk County where they're badly needed so getting that out of an emergency should be there tomorrow.
trump s coronavirus task force gives update at white house
We will also be deploying millions of n95 masks at other locations which Admiral Pull of Check will detail shortly. Admiral will rise in just a couple of minutes in the last 24 hours. FEMA has delivered an additional 500 ventilators to New Jersey 500 and again the Governor has been very appreciative that we are working very hard with New Jersey including building hospitals that we have also sent an additional 200 ventilators to Louisiana ultimate access point 302 Michigan running very alright i think with the governor amazingly 600 will go or have gone to illinois and i mean there is a governor i hear him complain all the time pritzker i hear he is always complaining and yet i just said give me a list of a couple of things that we've done in Illinois and we're building a little 2,500 bed

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on the McCormick site which is the big Convention Center in Chicago and we're helping to staff it and I'll probably end up staffing it because it can't do what it's supposed to do as governor, he hasn't performed well and we're also sending a hundred ventilators to Massachusetts so we have 600 to Illinois we have a hundred to Massachusetts we have 300 to Michigan we have 200 to Louisiana we have 500 ventilators 500 are going to New Jersey and this is being done by FEMA being delivered by FEMA and it's a job just think about it, when you think of 500 ventilators, one ventilator is big problem we are also setting up a federal medical station in the Washington DC area to help Washington DC and working very closely with the mayor and everyone in Washington DC at the same time Governor Inslee we appreciate that the state of Washington returned 400 ventilators that can now be rolled out to other places in our country, so Washington state has done very well, they won't need some of the ventilators that have been shipped. 400 that's a lot and we appreciate you being able to return them, trust they'll be in good shape for the next few weeks until we can declare a final win in the days to come.
trump s coronavirus task force gives update at white house
The United States will bear the peak of this terrible pandemic that our warriors are in. this life and death battle is the incredible doctors and nurses and health care workers on the front lines of the fight we promise you our undying gratitude and undying support you make us all so proud the country is so proud to have people you support they want our country the world loves our country most of it probably all they just don't say it I can report today that the United States has now tested and it has worked got results from one point six seven million people that's far more than any other country has been able to do and you remember we inherited a broken system, so much of this has played out by Tuesday.
Abbott Laboratories, a great partner, has produced 1,200 new rapid point-of-care test kits. and they will be distributed to all of our public health labs which is a 15 minute test even less as well as the Indian Health Service, CDC and strategic national reserve so we will have 1200 and on a weekly basis we are doing much more they are going very fast, very accurate test and other countries want them so at the right time we will be able to do it but right now we are taking them all so we have done a meeting. in six hundred and seventy thousand tests think about that 1 million six hundred and seventy thousand tests and we have a great system now we are working with the States and almost all instances but we have a great system and the other thing that we buy a huge amount is hydroxychloroquine hydroxychloroquine that i think you knew it's a great malaria drug it's worked amazingly it's such a powerful malaria drug and there are signs that it works on this some very strong signs and in the meantime it's been around a long time it also works very powerfully on the lupus lupus so there are some very strong powerful signs and we will have to see because it is being tested again now this is something new that just happened to us the invisible enemy we call it and if you can if you have no signs of heart problems ison rhythm ison rhythm that will kill certain things you don't want living inside your body is a powerful drug if you don't You have a problem a heart problem we would say let your doctor think about it but I think it will be a combination.
I think there are two things that need to be looked at very carefully now that we have purchased and stockpiled 29 million hydroxychloroquine pills 29 million many pharmacies have them on prescription and also and they are not expensive we also ship them to various labs our military ship them to the hospitals we send them everywhere I think it's something you know the expression I have used it for certain reasons what do you have to lose and what do you have to lose and many people say that when and and they are taking it if you are a doctor a nurse a lifeguard a doctor who goes to hospitals they say that taking it before the fact is good but what do you have to lose?
They say take it. I don't see it one way or the other, but we want to get out of this. If it works it would be a shame if we didn't do it sooner but we have some very good signs so that's hydroxychloroquine and like Ison rhythm and again you have to go through your doctor to get the approval but I've seen things that I like as well so what can i know? I'm not a doctor, I'm not a doctor, but I have common sense, the FDA feels good about it, as you know, they approved it, they gave it fast approval and the reason why it's been around for a long time and they know the side effects and they We also know the potential, so based on the fact that we have sent it to the whole country, we have it collected like 29 million doses 29 million doses we have a lot of hope that it works driven by the objective of the brightest minds in science we have the brightest minds in science but but we are driven by the goal of getting rid of this plague getting rid of this scourge getting rid of this virus these brilliant minds are working on the most effective antiviral therapies and vaccines we are working very hard I have met many of the best doctors who are doing it these are doctors who are working very hard to beat the virus stay We strongly recommend staying home practice Vigorous hygiene and maintaining social distance so you don't get infected is the most effective weapon in this war and I will tell you that we are committing to you, we are committing to the people of our country. like few administrations few people few professionals have committed themselves before they are working so hard I see them I see them before my eyes exhausted people I deal with every day exhausted they have not left their offices they have not left their hospitals we met with them we see them and tremendous progress has been made I think vaccines will have a report on that but vaccines working together with other countries we are also working with other countries many other countries and we all want everyone else to be first we are very happy but we are very far along on vaccines we'll see how it all works Johnson and Johnson is doing a great job working very hard a vaccine would be a great therapy a therapy and therapeutics would be great we'll see what happens in the meantime you can listen to what I said about the two drugs mentioned my administration is rapidly implementing the emergency financial relief package largest event in United States history.
I've seen what's been going on, billions of dollars and small business loans have already been processed through the page protection program so we went out on Friday and it's literally become so popular that it's been worked with prohibition. k take it to small business it's all about jobs it's all about jobs they want you to keep your jobs fund a small business to keep workers on the payroll and we're sending direct cash payments to millions of americans and by rushing aid to the hardest hit industries we are saving industries we will be you will see and if we do more we will do more and we will try to reach out directly to the people who are so affected but we are going to take care of our workers we are going to take careof our citizens we are going to take care of our small businesses we are going to take care of our big businesses the aviation industry the airline industry many large industries that we have that are in trouble because of what happened in the last short period of time these are industries in the ones that are doing better for the most part are doing better than ever the airlines were doing great oil they were doing great oil and gas and the energy industry was doing phenomenally well and got hit like no one has been hit before almost like no industry it's been hit before there's never been anything like this but we see the light at the end of the tunnel things are happening things are happening we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully in the not too distant future we'll be very proud of the work we all did we can never be happy when so many people are dying but we will be s very proud of the work we did to keep death to an absolute minimum, the least that could have happened with this terrible terrible virus to shut down, I also want to point out that today is Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week for Christians and America and around the world, well, we may be separate from each other, as you can see in our great churches, our great pastors and ministers work very hard, but we can be a part that we can use this time to reflect and pray and our own personal relationship with God.
I ask all of you Love the Rich to pray for the heroic doctors and nurses for the truckers and the grocery store workers and for everyone who is fighting this battle that I mentioned yesterday where I see the nurses running to the hospitals and they are getting their suits and masks and glasses in some cases rushing towards war rushing towards war and i see people from the apartment buildings screaming and shouting and singing their praises it's unbelievable they are warriors these doctors and nurses are rushing towards the buildings and they are literally putting it on as the doors are opening they are putting all these things and running inside and they are running inside tremendous danger tremendous danger but above all I would like to ask your prayers for the families who have lost loved ones ask God to comfort them in your hour of sorrow is a great hour of sorrow for our nation for the world this morning i was speaking 151 hard Within four days I said 151 151 countries this morning is s 182 countries jumped a lot so as of this morning its 182 countries are under attack by this monster with the faith of our families and the spirit of our people and the grace of our God we will resist we will overcome we will prevail we have learned so much that we will be stronger than ever and i just want to thank everyone i want to thank the amazing professionals on the

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we also had a great meeting today we got calls all day by many different people and i think our package for getting everyone to work when we're ready is real turning out to be successful we may have to make it bigger because it's been really successful but all of that comes back to this country we want to get them back we want to get our people back to work they all want to come back we want to open our country as soon as possible, so I'm going to ask dr.
Burks to say a few words and he has some graphics to show you and thank you very much thank you thank you Mr. President as you can see from the signs of hope in Italy in Spain where we are finally seeing new cases and deaths going down it

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us hope of which could be our future we wanted to give you an

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on where all the states we're looking at right now like normalized states per 100,000 citizens it looks very similar to last week we wanted to

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you we've been covering all week the states that were moving around on this map, you can see very clearly where New York is as a state even though it's still very much centered on the New York metropolitan area.
New Jersey is the orange line, the Green Line is Louisiana, followed by Massachusetts and then Connecticut and Michigan are together on those lines towards the bottom and then of course Washington DC is now visible on this map which wasn't visible before and the yellow line at the bottom is the state of washington next slide please this just summarizes all the states we are tracking very closely at the county level so we are up the tree tracking and tracking not just the epidemic statewide, but also understanding what's happening county by county with new cases and of course also deaths, we're also triangulating that with all the lab data and just to tell you how we're kind of doing that for New York, which you can see at the top serology is now about 36 percent positive they were about 40 so day after day percent positive is finally co starting to decrease.
New Jersey is rising, however now they are up to par. 42 percent of the samples that arrive at the laboratory are positive Louisiana 25 percent Massachusetts 20 percent Connecticut Michigan 20 percent District of Columbia 15 percent Washington eight percent and then Illinois Colorado has about 16 percent Pennsylvania, which also it's new to the chart is it about 12% next slide please if we could go back 1 sorry go back one slide one more all the states here that's 38 of the states 38 of our states have less than 50 cases per one hundred thousand and they are testing that their lab results are consistent with there being a zero positivity rate for their labs that is less than 5%, that's how we're tracking and triangulating both case reporting and mortality or deaths and also triangulating that with the New York subway lab.
The New Jersey area, Louisiana and a series and the state of Washington have tested at a higher rate than Italy in Spain. I know a lot of you are tracking that you remember a lot of us knocking out a lot of those trials early on for the last two or three. weeks and I just want to thank admiral girar and HHS who have been working very closely to make sure that states where we are having an outbreak have access to all of their trials next slide please and then the next one Just to give you an idea of ​​how we're looking at this, we're looking at cases every day, I just want to thank my data team who spend all night collecting data that I get around two in the morning and they look at all these metro areas by their counties. granular so we can see counties that have new cases, which also helps us identify hospitals and understand which hospitals will need ventilators or PPE, so this is the Detroit area, it's Oakland and Detroit Wayne County.
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us an idea of ​​how many clients are in the ICU needing care, we want to make sure we're meeting the needs both in the cases and really appreciating the front line healthcare workers who are really saving a lot of people's lives. a New Orleans insight we are now also tracking st. St. John the Baptist Parish as well, but this was Orlean, New Orleans and Jefferson County, and we really tracked them on a case-by-case basis to look for changes over time and the next slide is their mortality and you can see it's starting to stabilize so this is how we've been tracking and tracing the epidemic as it moves through states and counties and communities but as we started we just wanted to note again that we see hopeful signs in Spain and Italy they have completed almost four weeks of mitigation with people actually doing social distancing staying home making sure they wash their hands if they have to go out to the supermarket they are extraordinarily careful they send a family person and then we can see it really start to work and we are very hopeful that During the next week, although we will see an increasing number of cases of people losing their lives from this disease.
Firmly, we are also hopeful to see a stabilization of cases in these large metropolitan areas where the outbreak will occur. gan several weeks ago, so thank you for your attention. I thought what I would do is update the airlift first and then follow up on the medical bricks and how we're geographically aligning the supply chain so that the airlift has three additional flights. today bringing a million gowns 2.8 million and 95 Basques 2.8 million surgical masks 11.8 million gloves 18.6 thousand gowns in three flights and this material will be pushed throughout the country delivered to hospitals nursing homes in across the country medical bricks traversed the geography and so over the last few days I've been aligning the supply chain to those areas and then reaching out to those areas and pulling data from those areas on PPE consumption rates, so for example, I spent the weekend talking to Detroit COO Hakeem Barry for example, then spoke to leadership at the Detroit Medical Center.
Audrey Gregory spoke with the Oakland Michigan County and Health Officer and then also with the Chicago health officer dr. Allison, we're getting to a level to understand your needs, so we're geographically aligning the supply chain, you can see dr. The bricks went through these counties and we are coming down to the county level and then aligning it by point of care priorities public or public hospitals first VA hospitals private hospitals nursing homes first responders acute care in the next few days we will push to the geographic areas that dr. Brix mentioned increasing volume through the supply chain to those areas to give them weeks, not just days of supply, primarily using our industry partners we're leading Cardinal McKesson medline Owen miner Henry Schein health care concordance telling them that take the product to the door of the hospital the door of the nursing home first responders directly directly to them we are also working to expel millions of doses of chlorine hydrochloric C correct we are working on distribution there to get the same thing to the same affected areas working to getting into the hospitals and all the pharmacies so my team is back there right now working on arrangements to do that at the front door of the hospital and mostly the local pharmacy so the doctor can write those prescriptions and you can get them before having to go to Thank You Lord. president mr. vice president my last appearance here I mentioned that the president had given the Department of Veterans Affairs very specific instructions to be as aggressive as possible in response to the virus crisis and not only to protect veterans but also to help the American people as many of you I know we have three main missions at the VA, one is to support the health of veterans, the other is to provide benefits to veterans, and the third is memorial services, but we have a fourth mission and that is to support the nation in times of national emergencies in both war and peace we provide a bridge between the federal government and the states and localities during these emergencies as a result of which I have directed our VA hospitals to begin preparing over 1500 beds to be available as much in the ICU and at the acute care level for states and localities across the country, as a result, we have Opened approximately 100 beds in the New York metropolitan area in Brooklyn in Manhattan and East Orange, New Jersey, we will inform Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards tomorrow that we will be giving him access to our VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana to help to the people of the Pelican State.
I have also given instructions for We started the fourth mission in Michigan. We will give the people of Michigan access to hospital beds in both Ann Arbor and Detroit. We are also providing a pharmaceutical trailer to be used by the Governor of Michigan at Cobo Hall to support the citizens of Michigan. who will go to that center for medical care, we have also informed the state of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that we will assist them in their efforts to protect their most vulnerable citizens and their nursing homes, in accordance with the instructions of the president, the 400,000 men and women of the Department of Veterans Affairs we are in this fight we are in the fight not only for the nine and a half million veterans who are part of our ce service but we were in the fight for the people of the United States Thank you mr. the president and all of you just heard from various members of the president's

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and we're really blessed to have the kind of leadership that we have and whether it's the admiral's check group that's organizing the distribution of tens of millions of supplies either dr.
Burks and Dr. Fauci or analyzing the data literally hour by hour or either that whole-of-government approach that he advocated, Mr. The President calls on all government agencies, including theVA HHS and all agencies. I hope the American people know that under this president's leadership, we spare no expense. We are doing whatever it takes. We are mustering all the resources of the federal government to respond. to the challenges facing communities affected by the

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today and to make sure that all communities in America have the support that we also have, as the president has said so many times, we forged a perfect partnership with states across the country as he reflected the president this Tuesday with 840 other military medical personnel arriving in New York City there will be about 3,000 Department of Defense and HHS personnel on the ground to supplement and provide relief to health care workers actually on the epicenter of the corona virus in the New York City area and you I just heard that the VA is making space for beds in New Jersey Today I spoke at the President's urging with Governor Murphy and 500 ven Tilators announced today that it is being built on the supplies we have already provided.
We were able to coordinate with him to extend all federal coordination on testing in New Jersey through May 30, if necessary, and also to open VA beds. I spoke with Governor John. bel Edwards in Louisiana and I was encouraged to hear from him that as he heard dr. Burke says the new cases were down slightly, in fact we're seeing a trend of some leveling off among all the governors I spoke to today and I know what Oh what the VA Secretary just announced about the opening of the VA facilities VA has been a priority for Governor Edwards, but I assured him that we will continue to send resources, supplies and personnel to support his healthcare in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan spoke today.
Governor Whitmer and I discussed a new program in Detroit that will make chloroquine hydrochloride available to 3,000 patients through Henry Ford Hospital who will be formally tracking. study the results of that, but at the president's urging, I assured him that we are more than ready to produce hydrochloric acid when it becomes widely available to pharmacies and doctors' offices in the Detroit area as they see fit. I also heard from Mayor Mike Duggan as I told you mr. president and was very grateful to the FDA for not only approving the Henry Ford Hospital tests that will explore hydrochloric cattle but also for the quick approval of the 15 minute tests, in fact Mayor Duggan told me he was able to use the 15 test one minute this weekend to test 150 first responders who had been sidelined because they have been exposed to the corona virus they all got the 15 minute tests they are all back in the line of duty and the mayor couldn't have been most grateful in Illinois I spoke to Governor JB Pritzker as well as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as you just heard not only if we send 600 ventilators to the state of Illinois but I assured I assured the Governor I assured the Mayor that while the main focus that we have in the coming days is the increase in cases in the greater New York City area in Louisiana that Michigan and Annoy are At the forefront of our thinking and under the direction of the President, we will make sure that the people of Michigan have the resources, the equipment and the support they need.
The governor expressed his great appreciation for the fact that our Army Corps of Engineers had built 500 beds at McCormick Place and before the end of this week I would be building another 2500 beds for an overflowing health center in Chicago, in fact mr. the president mayor lightfoot told me the army corps was just outstanding at the job they have been doing and building that space for extra beds as i close let me just let me express as the president did our deep appreciation for governor kate Brown and Governor Jay Inslee Oregon State and Washington State are Leading by Example Oregon sent one hundred and forty ventilators to New York City and they analyzed their circumstances and concluded that they could be dispensed with at the point of need and due to the Building on continuing low numbers in Washington State and California, Governor Inslee announced today that they would be sending 400 ventilators back to the strategic national stockpile and deploying to the point of need, as not only California and the state of Washington are low and steady, but frankly, as I spoke to governors and mayors today, who But I want to tell the American people that we are beginning to see glimmers of progress.
As the experts will tell me, it's not one to jump to conclusions and I'm not, but as your president, I am an optimistic person and I am hopeful. I mean, the truth is that we are starting to see cases and, most importantly, losses. and hospitalizations are starting to level off, but make no mistake about it, I want to say to the American people that if that's holding up, if that's happening, it's because of what all of you are doing, it's because the American people are putting the guidelines into practice of coronavirus for the United States. You are listening to the officials of your state and your locality.
You are practicing social distancing. You're using drive-thru instead of going to restaurants and on behalf of your president and all of us really working on all levels. I just want to thank you. Thank you America for responding, thank you for putting other people's lives and the forefront of your thinking, putting it again above your own inconvenience and hardship, because of your efforts, as the president just said. light at the end of the tunnel and I am absolutely convinced that with the continued cooperation, patience, persistence and prayers of the American people, we will get through this and we will get through this much sooner than we thought it would take 1sq but they played to excess there were the two flights that they arrived we are on the three flights where they came from sir they came from asia and then you mentioned that all these supplies they took off the masks the gowns the - or quit how are you? guys making sure there isn't a run on these products leave them at the hospital and people don't just rush and go grab you with masks that's a question for you sir quickly then you go to the loading dock and there is an invoice, and therefore the people responsible for them will make sure that there is no first.
Have you had the opportunity to receive orders for much more than we sometimes think an area needs? Generally speaking, we like to even negotiate that down or give it to them as they want, so we've gotten a lot of requests that we think are high, but in general we like it if we have it, for example, with medicines and with other things that we like to give it to him they every day we are building it and building it very quickly and deploying it but we get orders from some of these states where we don't think they need it we try to get them what they want anyway Minister the Prime Minister out of the best any chance of that he's doing it today sir I didn't talk to him no I got a call from the ambassador and hey that's a big move that's a big step going to the hospital that's a big deal he's a big gentleman so I you know i just hope she's okay you mentioned the nurses, the doctors, the election, see, celebrate, i'm sorry, people, they're getting ready and preparing, the people who are clapping and celebrating, has there been any conversation in any level on some kind of either compensation vs. protection for nurses doctors because there's been a lot of fear.
There have been some people who said that I cannot risk my family's livelihood. I can't go back to the ER talking about it and we're talking about doing something for them but we're really seeing the conclusion that we want we just don't want to focus on it now they're amazing this isn't that they're not saying we're not going in with a good team with a great team and with something that is not so good and sometimes they get caught using the best things you can buy, new, the best things, there is a very tough enemy, but these are amazing people, no, we are talking of something, but we're really thinking of finishing it first before we do it please. weeks of our lives i've been talking about this between pearl harbor our 9/11 moment you're all talking about glimmers of hope and stabilization how are the american people supposed to save those different descriptions you're getting from this admin ?
I don't think this is any different. I think we all know we have to get to a certain point, at which point it's going to be a horrible point in terms of death, but it's also a point where things are going to start to change, we're getting very close to that level in this moment. and the next week and a half, two weeks, I think it's going to be very difficult, at the same time, we understand what they represent and what that time represents, and I hope that we can get this over with because this is a very horrible thing for the world, Look, we are one country in one hundred and eighty-two now that we have 182 countries.
I have a friend of mine. I want to get it over with, okay please, how does that change the projections you were doing earlier this week? under those numbers as possible not If we didn't do anything you would know number two but the American people really stepped up just like the professionals just stepped up so we hope to stay under those numbers and that means the min and max but we wait to stay below the min number you know what that number was the numbers you were talking about today change them i would say the answer is yes but i would also say we are not really going to know in terms of the final toll until we go all the way out and we're probably not that far we're getting close but our goal is to stay as far below that minimum number as possible the minimum number possible okay that's what we want to do while you recognize yourself He is not a doctor.
You extensively promote these drugs here. How does he not go as far as to give medical advice? He said yesterday that he could take some of these drugs even if he doesn't have symptoms. and how does he calibrate Inc enthusiastic yes and no playing doctor because I want people to live and I see people dying and I've seen people going to die without it and you know the expression when that's happening they should do what we really have to lose, We also have this drug that's been tested for many years for malaria and lupus, so it's been around, so it's a very strong, powerful drug, but it doesn't kill people.
We have very good results and very good tests. I have seen the same proof that I have in France. They had a very good test. They go on, but we don't have time to go and say geez, let's take a couple of years and try it out and let's try it out. the tubes and the labs we don't have time i would love to do that but we have people dying today as we speak there are people dying if it works that would be great if it doesn't work we know for many years malaria it's amazing what it has done with malaria it's amazing what it's done with lupus but it doesn't kill people that's one of the things with a vaccine when we have a vaccine we have to do testing because when you inject that vaccine when they take whatever they have to take we have to make sure it doesn't have an impact awful to destroy someone good so we have to test it over a long period of time this one not so much because it's been out there now I'm not acting like a doctor I say do what you want but there are some good signs you've read the signs I've read the signals with the other there are very good signals also different together they work very well but there may be an indication that if you have a problem with your heart you should not you would take what we call the z-pak you shouldn't take it and that's fine but i would love to go to a lab and spend a couple of years trying something we don't have time we don't have two hours because people are dying right now if it helps great if it doesn't help we gave it a chance we gave it a chance that's t The way I feel like you know we passed something, yes I would.
I would be very serious about taking it. We approve something. I am very proud of the school, right to try for 45 50 years. the best doctors, labs and lab technicians, the best medicines, the brightest minds in the world, they all admit it and when we're close to having something or when we have something that works amazingly well, I couldn't use it for years because it would take years and years. to test so with the help of the democrats i got it bipartisan too but they have been trying to get this passed for four decades. I mean, before a year ago, they'd say, do you think I could try this pill, this whatever it is, this drug that's testing so well. leave for Europe mortal skin i If they had money, if they had no money, they would go home and die without hope.
We have something called good to test. If someone is very sick, with a terminal illness, they are going to die. as it seems, because there were major liability issues, the companiesdrug companies didn't want to do it because they didn't want it to be included in the test results because you are dealing with very sick people so they didn't want to lower the test results the insurance companies had tremendous problems they caught everyone even the rumors they said look we are going to sign a waiver the person who takes it will say we are not going to sue the families we are not going to sue the pharmaceutical company we are not going to sue the insurance company we are not going to sue the say the city or the government federal okay it's called an exculpation and we did it it's a very simple deal I don't know why no one thought of that but they never thought of it I did it and we did it now we have the right to try what actually is in my Much more difficult opinion than what we're talking about here, but if there's a drug or something with a possible cure or something that looks good and someone has something that's gone, they're going to die or they're very sick, they take it and you know that We've had some amazing results, amazing results and it also gives people hope yes please the doctors who are treating coronavirus patients have the medical expertise to determine whether or not they should prescribe hi-c and many of them and There are already clinical trials in place looking at hydroxychloroquine, so we'll be done in about a year, so why not let the science speak for itself?
Why are you promoting this drug every day? Well, start talking about the benefits. work but if it doesn't work nothing is lost by doing it nothing because we know in the long term what I want I want to save lives and I don't want it to be in a laboratory for the next year and a half as people are all dying eg place where their doctors can already prescribe it all day well well well I'm doing what you did well I'll tell you what I did we bought massive amounts of it twenty nine million doses we got it coming from all the labs now we're doing it here because if it works we want to have it and we we have given the pharmacies with what we are sending everywhere FEMA is doing it FEMA is doing it we are doing it through different channels so many different channels including the companies that do it is something very special right now it may not work in which case it didn't work and it can work in which case it's going to save a lot of lives now a lot of people say if the people who come in before they get it or, if they take it, it has a profound effect, well, maybe not, maybe not, I don't want to wait a year and a half to find out and only CNN would. ask that question, fake news, go ahead, the president, just based on the most recent data you've seen. any change in projection I wonder if you could you obviously have one more week of data from the kind of 100K to 240K potential death figures you gave us last week so I'm wondering with all the caveats. that this is kind of based on continued social distancing and that we could see that if a city busts things could drastically change what kind of range you're now seeing in terms of overall death impact I think the most important thing is The thing now is when we were talking about why we're hopeful because last time I was here I couldn't really tell you that Italy and Spain were crossing their apex and coming down the other side and I think it's extraordinarily hopeful to me that they just completed four weeks of really strong mitigation and I think that's our word to the American people: we can look like this for other countries, look like this now for other countries with a very similar experience experience of our experience with increased case numbers and increased mortality, so that's the promise the promise is if we do this we could be better now doctor falchi and i got another update today alization from another independent modeler and the numbers got close to that hundred thousand number again, but we think dr.
Falchi and I that if all Americans follow the six foot wash your hands and no social gathering guidelines, that will have an even bigger impact and the other side of the equation certainly is our amazing health care providers, our respiratory therapists, our lab technician, our nurses and doctors. we are saving lives every day and that also changes the number. I also think that Dr. Fauci and Dr. Brooks are very impressed with the American people and I am not going to put words into anyone's mouth. I would never do that, but I am and I will say that maybe they are doing a better job than we all thought possible when you look at the streets. in New York where there is nobody on the street there are no cars there is nothing I see it you know I have seen those streets for a long time and they are full all the time and now you see that nobody you look at other places you look at what is happening in California where they're doing a fantastic job, they're really doing very well, the governor is very proud of them, proud of a lot of people, proud of a lot of people on the other side, you know a lot of people who are really happy to work. with people with whom frankly in other matters I did not get along very well we do not agree on this or that we do not have to go into that now but we get along with a lot of people and they are happy with us we are happy with them but I really believe that the American people are making a bet ter job than anyone would have thought possible and that's one of the reasons why we may even be talking about the kind of number that we hope we're talking about is at the bottom level in place of the maximum or beyond it's not even the maximum it's way beyond the maximum level which would be horrible here please the secretary mentioned that the Department of Defense may be moving in the direction of wearing face coverings by former Vice President Biden and you mentioned that you were going to wear a mask every time you went out now we're getting to a point where we might see members of the Coronavirus Task Force wear it too r face coverings, well it was voluntary as I saw yesterday and certainly if they wanted I would encourage it.
I would have absolutely no problem with that if they wanted us to have a long meeting today there's a good gap but the working group meets and I certainly wouldn't have a problem if they wanted to, frankly I think it's something at least f or a period of time in which might be wise to let you know it's an advisory and we'll see what happens yes please we have seen reports of test kits and PPE from Chinese shipments turned out to be faulty to some extent we obviously don't have what we have seen in Spain and you see how different they don't send us defective things, please, one of the things we are doing to avoid that is to use those six companies that are the ones in the main supply chain that we are actually going to the facilities to look at the product, inspect it and clean it before it gets here so we've heard those things that's why we are that's why we're doing it ok thanks we'll send it somewhere else too correct locations and when it comes to the fans that are very complex that we're now building now we have literally thousands of fans under construction so so far I think our projections on the fans have been correct they have been correct could you have something for who? for medical burns and the doctor imagine if you want to try some of the models that you guys are using the IHM ii model in particular has been very accurate when it comes to projecting fatalities over the last few days well there are a couple of other metrics that seem being pretty far into hospital beds specifically, you guys know they're happy with the models they're currently using?
Is there any need to adjust them? It's turning out that we need fewer hospital beds that's what they're talking about and that's what, well we may have models but we've been saying that in New York we were saying that we think they're going to need less now hopefully that go ahead but i heard governor cuomo this morning and he said less hospital beds also less deaths that was a big thing the first time fewer deaths today than yesterday right that's a big thing but also less hospital beds that means fewer patients because basically it's fewer patients and we were saying that and it also means le ss ventilators so not a lot of positive things are happening okay please with Prime Minister Johnson hospitalized yes I noticed a few minutes ago he was standing right next to Vice President Pence or they are considering staying away just to make sure they have continuity of government the executive branch we have a small platform and i would love to to make it wider you're drifting away from each other mike you got tested yeah ok like recently i did it too a couple of days ago and but i understand next to mine oh i breathe and just kidding sometimes we are forced into positions where I would rather rather be away, but they know that everyone is looking for questions.
Mike is a very important part of this. It's very hard to keep this distance in this small area on tariffs on oil imports into the United States, well if the price of oil stays the way it is because of people who really want to see it go up when I say 'give we want to save a big industry and that we build a big industry in this country if they don't get along I would do that yes I would apply tariffs very substantial tariffs because we are independent now we have our own oil and if I applied tariffs we would essentially be saying we don't want foreign oil no we want no foreign oil we're just going to use our oil and that would help save an industry and you know it's become a tremendous job producer and it's great to be independent we're independent our energy is now independent we produce more oil what oil, I suppose no one more than any other country, and it all happened in a very short time ecent now meanwhile im looking at $91 $91 now Don the road ok a lot people are happy i see jet fuel very cheap we are trying to save the airline industry but i want to save our great energy industry and that's what we're doing yeah so i would absolutely and what we'll do price will still be very low but what we'll do is save and very im So we'll save tens of thousands of jobs One of the other things that we're doing is shipping oil to our strategic oil reserves. we are storing it for free they are there we are filling our reserves with this very cheap oil no one thought they would ever see a price it is like the 1950s when they had a lot of money ok so now i would use tariffs if i had to i dont think i have have to do it, because Russia doesn't benefit from having this and Saudi Arabia doesn't benefit from having, you know, oil and gas is their main sources of income, so it's obviously very bad for them, but we have to do it, we have an industry that is a very important industry and it really formed beautifully, it was the virus that killed it because what happened is it's down 40 percent from the day it happened. yes stimulus checks how many more days you may have to wait and that speaker pelosi today i think she pinned last night on the next bill that they would like to see additional stimulus checks They've thrown a number of how much not at them, but I like the concept.
I think it's good. we are talking about a different way of doing it but i like the concept i would like the concept of infrastructure that our country has to be rebuilt they spent all this money in the middle east eight trillion dollars so far eight trillion dollars in the middle east we have we have to rebuild our country, okay, we have to rebuild our roads and our schools, our bridges, we have to rebuild our country, so I like an infrastructure bill. I also like that the money goes directly to the people. think about this, especially, the faster we can open our country, can you believe that we are talking about our country opening our country, the faster we open it, the bigger the bloom, the bigger the rocket going up?
I think it is an opportunity. go very fast relatively fast i would like to see very fast but we'll see but part of the stimulus and part of what we're doing will help you and the good thing is we're paying practically zero interest rates. I know we are paying very little so one of the reasons I like the infrastructure bill because we are borrowing we have a strong dollar and the advantage of a strong dollar is everybody wants to invest in this country everybody wants to buy our timeline dollar terms still two weeks we discuss it with staff we discuss it with FTA right to the left FDA approved it so you know what is another point I mean it has been FDA approved which is very important if not It was approved.
We're here so. I couldn't do this, but the FDA approved the hydroxy. We'll see if it works. No, it's not going to hurt people. It's not going to hurt them, what do you have to lose? in the back please we know anyone can spread the disease right so,why not have some businesses open? it's going to happen will answer that question later all i can say is right now things are looking really good and opening up strong is going to be a great thing and no one is going to be happier than me the i hiv model suggests 32,000 ventilators will be required for the mitigating role GM is not expected to have mate mm lure fans required across the country to keep in addition to the ones we've already said just don't forget we have almost 10,000 just over 9,000 right now and those are ready to rock in case that we need them and we had to keep it, you understand that flexibility, so if we need them in New York, which maybe not if we need them, but they're ready to move in, we already have it. militants a military operation ration that we are ready to move will be immediately transferred to whatever section of the country we need.
Would you like to answer that they are correctly worth it? FEMA is working on a plan to be able to move ventilators, for example, the Department of Defense gave another 500 ventilators are on the move and they're organizing at Fort Dix to be able to quickly roll them out to locations to include, you know, did you hear the president mention that the states they give the states things like that so there are fans that are not in use that we may as well be able to move quickly but you mentioned there were thousands that are currently being made.
Ford we have many. We have 11 companies, approximately 11 companies that build them and we're going to have a reserve for the future. to use them they should have the hospitals, the states should have bought a reserve they didn't so we have compensated but if we have extras other countries need them I mean see the UK needs it badly. France needs them urgently Italy needs them urgently they need them so it's complicated it's a great team it's expensive and we will be able to help other countries after we take care of our needs yes go ahead thank you sir spending on infrastructure as you actually chose it but ok let it go that's very good in infrastructure you comment on how empty the roads are.
I thought, is there a way to speed up the infrastructure? The Beltway in Washington is taking forever to make repairs to the highway because of everything right now and because they don't use better working construction techniques. I mean I see a road and that's what I do I do construction what I did I see a road that's good but it has a bad top and it has a big concrete pad under it and I'll see them come in I don't want to say where but I might I tell you I could give you a bunch of examples and they rip it out, take out the base, take everything out now, pour a new base that's not as good, not as deep, not as thick. the concrete base was fantastic the base takes forever w Then it takes forever and instead of scraping the asphalt or whatever maybe the top scrapes it and puts the new asphalt putting in the new median and they could have done it and then they opened the road and it starts to crack the reason is because it has not been established and they spend 10 15 20 times more money than they have I never believed when I watched these people making roads and making roads and working how they take the most expensive solution and the result end of work itself is much worse taking advantage of the fact that so many people are staying at home yea not on the roads is there a way to do what you expect?
I hope they don't stay home for too long. and we're not going to have that kind of weather if we have that kind of weather we made a big mistake please go ahead and what region has that information go ahead the 15 minute test has really been a breakthrough i reflected on the progress they made in detroit to get first responders back to work with Abbott Laboratories test. Abbott Laboratories started last Tuesday producing about 50,000 tests a day and I am informed that there are already about 18,000 of these machines across the country, I mean are they actually the same machines you use to get a quick strep test? when do you go to the doctor?
But now Abbott is offering these new 15-minute coronavirus tests to healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities across the country, in addition to The president said FEMA purchased 1,200 of these devices that were destroyed and distributed them to 50 states and to india health system and then DB will distribute tests dr. Brooks, is there anything else to add? I think they're on the shelf and Abbott, a good majority of them. I don't have the exact numbers. I think there's some manufacturing in there, but big innards are on the shelf. by the way, but the vast majority of them come out on Tuesday, yes please, today there is definitely a different approach here. for distribution there is no change but we are supposed to be the backup but like in Illinois the governor couldn't do his job so we had the help of we are sending 600 ventilators we are building a hospital at McCormick Place we are doing we have some people who couldn't do it we have other people who needed a little bit of help we had in New York we had to provide a lot of help but we have worked very well with Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio but I know we are meant to be the backup but we've taken on a much bigger role than that and that's okay.
I have no objection. Now in some cases this works so well where actually now they see that they think they're over the big deal and they're in fact calling us to say they can get their equipment back now but we're actually deployed as backup but I think much more than that, they have done a much better job. I will say this. I don't think that the people who have represented this country, the federal government, whether it's the admiral and the generals, that all of the people that we call up to the front, are just heroes for what they've done, what they've been able to do in a short period. of time they took a system that was broken just like we did with the military our military was broken our military was exhausted and it was broken and we've rebuilt our military we've also rebuilt this whole system and I sort of Kelly appreciate your question because you know that you are listening to all the things that we are thinking about the millions of masts, the hundreds of thousands of gowns and their surgical gowns, they know that they are protective gowns at the highest level, we are taking them to the different states and most of the governors are very happy now a lot of times you know it's politics maybe i'll do the same i don't know but they'll try to act not so happy i'll tell you when i talk to them or when the vice president talks to them they are singing the praises of all these people so it always offends me when someone says something about what we have done now to do this to do this it should have taken to do what we have been able to do and to build it to a level it should have taken a year it could have taken two years they did it in a matter of weeks and we are helping the States to know that it is them as an example New York had the right to buy 16,000 ventilators that could have bought from him I don't understand why they didn't do it it was a very expensive purchase you know very expensive and that's a lot 16,000 and they collided they are going to do something else with their money I understand that the problem is when something arrives like that you don't expect it look 1917 that was a long time ago maybe a hundred million people died a long time ago so people don't think it's going to happen, frankly, i mean, did anyone in this room think something like this could happen, but it did and we built a force?
Engineers I mean Army Kervin and you guys were very kind on that point the Army Corps of Engineers is building 2,500 units of beds and everything else every once in a while Governor Cuomo called and wanted me to go to Cove which meant for the problem and we said well it was not supposed to be but we want to do it and we move military personnel so now military personnel are operating it and I'll tell you what's good it hasn't been very crowded that's something well, not a bad thing. it hasn't been now maybe over the next week something will happen but it hasn't but we've done it because it's better than the other alternative where we ran out but they actually built 2900 beds and we've also built four medical centers in New York that we have built four hospitals for medical centers and much more than that, it is a great honor to have done it, but the people who did it are in awe and they have to be appreciated by the states, not by me, they don't have to appreciate me at all. they don't care about me, they have to appreciate the generals, the admirals, the doctors, the nurses, I mean, we're bringing in 3,000 people now, there are medical professionals coming from all over the country to help New York City, help the state of New York and help. in many other places i think its amazing what they have done and i dont think they have been appreciated i can forget about me you can see yes i wrote i mean it they have to be appreciated go in the back i do IG light at the end of the t unnel if I didn't I wouldn't I wouldn't be very excited about what we've done I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel I think the indications are some of the numbers coming out today I think you know we had a very good meeting today we're looking at things that we don't even report because we think it's too early to report no I think they know we're seeing things happening that are very good and we also know all of us including medical professionals we have to open up a country we have to go we have to open up our country no country was designed for this do you want to shut it down? we are in the midst of the biggest economic boom in the history of any country our country had the biggest economic boom in history we had the most people working we ever had almost 160 million people and after 160 million they want no one out from his house you know you could use the term cold turkey right that's called cold turkey the country is not designed this country is not designed for that we have to get our country back and i think it's going to come back and i hope it comes back real quick that's good no , she feels left out, she feels like she would wear one, I mean, I usually don't like it.
Would you like me to wear one right now and sing you a question that would be a little awkward I guess but no I mean again I would wear one if she was if she thought it was important she thinks she likes the idea of ​​wearing it yeah , a lot of people do it again it's a recommendation and I understand that recommendation and I agree with that I wouldn't be surprised how the American people can emotionally prepare for that and while the president is speaking and he's looking forward to seeing the country reopen how we balance the mitigating factors that still need to take place before we show that the doctors, by the way, would you like to see the company open?
Okay, I think part of the answer to your question relates to two other questions I've heard and I think I came from behind on how you can, on the one hand, have said yesterday that this is going to be a really bad week at the same time that we're talking about the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be inherently contradictory but it really isn't and it has to do with what we explained before about the delay and when you look at the indications that dr. Burks and the president were talking are you going to see a flattening of cases and you're not going to see the realization of what that means until two weeks down the line so right now we're seeing we all said correctly this is probably going to be a really bad week which is a reflection of what happened two and a half weeks ago, so if we start to see a flattening or stabilization of cases now, what you're hearing about the possible light at the end of the tunnel doesn't take away from the fact that tomorrow the next day it's going to look really bad so we have to make sure we realize we always talk about a two and a half week delay so I wanted to make sure because I think a couple people asked that question it's really not inconsistent with what we're saying now in regards to what we're saying to the American people what Kellie what we've been telling you all along that the only tool, but the best tool that you We have, it's mitigation, we know it worked in other countries and we're seeing how it works here if we really want to make sure we don't have these kinds of bounces, we're concerned about mitigating it, mitigating it, mitigating it, that's the answer, it's the same , it's the same, it's mitigation, mitigation, mitigation, in fact, the famous VP graph is that this is the minimum of what we should be doing, you know everyone should be doing that and everything here, in a way or another, aim for physical separation, whether it's no crowds, staying six feet, staying away from theaters and restaurants, or whatever exactly it is. you worried about all that after you know that seven days from now people will say look do my best i have to go you know i wouldn't say i'm worried because i don't think it's going to happen i mean from what i've seen and i mentioned that the other day my own experience is that people really understand the responsibility they have for themselves, for their family and for the country,so this is about all of us it's not just about you s because if you all do your part you're not going to have those kind of rebounds that were worried about the national asymptomatic cases do you think there are currently in the United States or 330,000 cases more confirmed how many asymptomatic women what we've learned you know I don't know and even between us good friends that we differ on that I mean it's somewhere between 25 to 50 percent yeah in other words over two people, you have other people that are out there, yeah, and trust me, that's an estimate.
I don't have any scientific data yet to say that one will get the scientific data when we get those antibody tests and really know what the penetrance is, so we can answer the questions in a scientifically sound way right now. I'm just guessing on this topic, hydroxychloroquine, could you think of this and why am I not wearing a face mask now? Okay, there are a couple of reasons, one being that part of the effect is the main reason for wearing a face mask. it's to protect you from getting infected. Yesterday I took the test and it is negative.
Okay, I think it really could be that. That was an answer. Especially on the face mask. I thought it was very good. Ahead. by the way don't start whoever you want so you should with the agencies to start the ball for your sense and resin Raiders and are you ready? Are you ready? Maury just answering your question because I know exactly that you know the same question that you ask all the time ready they've done an amazing job delivering The Associated Press which is not as good not as it used to be the people you're looking at FEMA the military what what they've done is a miracle what they've done is a miracle getting all these things what they've done for the States is amazing and you should thank them for what they haven't always asked smart-ass questions thank you very much everyone thank you check I'm Jeremy, can you hear me, hey, Chris, do you want me from here now or should you take me to the north lawn, yeah, can you hear me? try me one two one two can you check with a producer to see if they want to take me from here now or if i should go to the north lawn?

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