Vice President Mike Pence and second girl Karen Pence have each examined detrimental for coronavirus, his spokeswoman introduced Saturday night.
“Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President @Mike_Pence and Second Lady @KarenPence,” stated Katie Miller, the press secretary for the vp, through her Twitter account.
Pence had stated he and his spouse could be examined Saturday afternoon after a employees member of his workplace had examined optimistic for coronavirus.
“Given the unique position that I have as vice president and as the leader of the White House coronavirus task force, both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon,” Pence stated throughout a information convention on the White House.
His workplace introduced Friday that one among its members examined optimistic for the coronavirus — the closest confirmed case to Pence that’s publicly recognized.
Pence informed reporters Saturday that his staffer who examined optimistic for coronavirus is “doing well,” had “mild” cold-like signs for a day and a half, and has not been on the White House since Monday.
He reiterated neither President Donald Trump nor himself had direct contact with the employees member, and stated that well being authorities have traced his contacts. Trump has already examined detrimental for the virus, the White House stated final week.
Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pressured to Americans that they don’t have to get examined if they don’t seem to be displaying signs with the intention to protect sources.
195,000 Americans examined, extra masks ordered
Pence additionally introduced that greater than 195,000 Americans have been examined for the virus as circumstances surpass 22,000 with about half confirmed in New York.
He famous that the quantity doesn’t embody county hospitals or well being care labs across the nation. Currently, solely 19,343 assessments have come again optimistic, Pence stated.
Pence stated that US Department of Health and Human Services “is completing a half billion dollar order of the (N95) masks.”
The buy is being coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the federal authorities is responding particularly to state requests, he stated.
He stated Apple could be donating 2 million industrial masks and dealing with the administration to distribute them. The firm’s CEO confirmed the donation later Saturday, saying Apple was sourcing provides for well being care suppliers within the US and Europe.
Pence additionally urged companies to donate as many N95 masks as they might spare to native hospitals.
Fauci stated that there are a number of avenues accessible for hospitals to amass private protecting gear by FEMA.
Pressed on a timeline, Fauci stated the provides could be delivered “sooner than weeks. It is going to be days, I would hope.”
Trump additionally stated that whereas he has signed the Defense Production Act, he has not used it to ramp up manufacturing of private protecting gear as a result of “we have so many companies making so many products.”
“We have the act to use in case we need it,” Trump stated.
He talked about Hanes as an organization that’s voluntarily manufacturing masks and claimed that Ford and General Motors have begun making ventilators.
“I had three calls yesterday directly, without having to institute like you will do this. These companies are making them right now,” Trump stated.
Asked by CNN why docs and nurses haven’t got the medical gear they want, Trump stated that “many administrations preceded me and for the most part they did very little in terms of what you’re talking about.”
He went on to say, “We are making much of this stuff now, and it’s being delivered now.”
Trump says Congress near deal on stimulus invoice
Trump additionally informed reporters on Saturday that Congress is near reaching a deal on a proposal for the subsequent stimulus invoice to take care of the pandemic.
“They’re all negotiating, and everybody is working hard, and they want to get to a solution that’s the right solution. I think we’re getting very close,” Trump stated.
Trump stated he is “strongly recommending a buyback exclusion” for corporations within the laws.
On Saturday, congressional and administration negotiators entered a vital day within the effort to deploy greater than $1 trillion in emergency stimulus to a staggering economic system, with a rising consensus on a closing settlement, however a handful of great hang-ups nonetheless wanted to be resolved.
Bipartisan teams of senators labored late into Friday evening with high officers from Trump’s administration to lock in a closing settlement — a deal that individuals immediately concerned within the negotiations inform CNN may high a price of $1.5 trillion — earlier than falling in need of a midnight deadline imposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Larry Kudlow, a high financial adviser to Trump, went even additional on the general scope of the package deal Saturday, telling reporters it may high $2 trillion.