The working group on fighting the coronavirus epidemic is holding a regular press briefing on Thursday on developments and measures taken in the United States to stop the spread of the disease.
Opening the briefing, President Trump expressed confidence that the American economy will make a new leap in its development when the fight against the coronavirus is over.
The President highly appreciated the work of all agencies involved in the fight against the epidemic.
Trump focused on the issue of medications that are considered by doctors as effective means against coronavirus.
The President emphasized the unity of all Americans, regardless of political differences between them, in the situation of confronting the disaster.
Stephen Hahn (Food and Drug Administration) noted the need for an early response of official structures to developments carried out by specialists.
Hahn praised the collaboration between government agencies and the private sector in developing anti-coronavirus drugs.
During the briefing, President Trump said that he had instructed the Food and Drug Administration to simplify existing procedures to speed up the
“We must remove all barriers,” he said.
Referring to the medicines used and being developed, the President noted that soon a drug against malaria (Hydroxychloroquine) would be available to people suffering from coronavirus, which can be used in the current epidemic situation.
Vice President Mike Pence recalled that testing tools for coronavirus are now available in all states of the country.
Deborah Birx, coordinator of the coronavirus control-working group, expressed gratitude to the volunteers who came to the aid of medics in the fight against the disaster.
Earlier on Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called on Congress to pass a trillion-dollar economic stimulus package by early next week. According to Mnuchin, he expects that the initiative, which provides for monetary payments to Americans, will receive support from both parties.
As previously reported, President Trump has taken on emergency powers to mobilize industry to fight the coronavirus.
The decision came amid increasing negative consequences from the pandemic, when major American automakers said they were closing factories in North America.
Calling himself a “wartime President,” Trump took advantage of the Defense Manufacturing Act of 1950 to be able to direct the industry to make up for shortages of face bandages, ventilators, and other products while hospitals prepare for an influx of patients.
A law passed during the Korean War gives the President extraordinary powers to compel businesses to expand production and produce vital materials.