White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing: NPR

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The White House is examining when and how it can begin to reopen the country, which has largely stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The White House is examining when and how it can begin to reopen the country, which has largely stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Updated at 2:16 p.m. ET

The White House Coronavirus Response Task Force is hosting a briefing for Friday afternoon as the conversation in Washington turns to how America could reactivate after going to sleep to slow the pandemic.

President Trump is expected to receive recommendations on when and how the nation could reopen. He and the advisers have to make tough decisions on how to balance economic, social, public health and other priorities.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior immunologist who advised the White House disaster response, suggested in a briefing on Thursday that normalization might look different for different parts of the country.

Watch the live briefing here.

Trump: response supplies are pouring in

Trump said on Friday that the federal response had helped alleviate the shortage of masks, equipment and other supplies needed for hospitals and healthcare workers.

“We are in great shape in every way,” he said. “Fans, protective clothing – we are not receiving a call from the governors at this time. We get very few calls from governors or anyone else who needs something – we are in great shape for this push that is coming in some areas. ”

It was not immediately possible to assess whether, in fact, the deficits reported in some places have been improved, but the president’s statement followed weeks of efforts to collect, ship and produce the supplies.

Trump said he regretted new predictions predicting around 60,000 pandemic deaths, but said the result was better than higher projections, which ranged from 100,000 to millions of deaths.

“In the mist of grief and pain, we see signs that our aggressive strategy is saving countless lives,” he said.

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