Trump administration evaluates emergency cash to combat coronavirus

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday

Azar defended the government's response, even as Trump hours earlier sought to minimize fears about the virus spreading throughout the U.S. "Which is why, again, we are going to make these investments in the community like we do in all other communities that are more traditionally Republican".

"Despite urgent warnings from Congress and the public health community, the Trump administration took weeks to request these emergency funds", Lowey said in a statement.

At the Senate hearing, Azar noted that almost two months after the first alarms were raised, there's no evidence the virus has spread here beyond patients infected overseas and a few close relatives.

Azar mentioned all over a Tuesday press convention, "We're operating carefully with state, native, and personal sector companions to arrange for mitigating the virus doable unfold in america, as we will be able to most probably see extra circumstances right here".

During his recent trip to India, Trump praised U.S. health officials while downplaying virus' potential impact on the United States. If it happens, "we'll work to mitigate those".

During that closed-door meeting, lawmakers were told 'there is a very strong chance of an extremely serious outbreak of the coronavirus here in the US, ' Senatory Patty Murry, a Democrat from Washington said during the hearing.

While he did not say that he disagreed with the president, Redfield answered that it "would be prudent to assume this pathogen will be with us for some time". "I am deeply concerned we are way behind the eight ball on this".

Azar said the country needs about 300 million respirators, and has only some 30 million.


This was the first case pertaining to coronavirus, which is being connected to the U.S. Forces Korea, which deploys a total of 28,500 American troops on the Korean peninsula.

"I've been in close contact with health experts dealing with the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak", said Sen. "Do we have enough respirators or not?" said Sen.

He blamed part of this week's stock market slide on people's reaction to Tuesday night's Democratic debate and the possibility one of those candidates might replace him.

Asked later by reporters if the administration's response has been good, Kennedy said, "I've heard three responses today and they're all different".

Thomas and a phalanx of right-wing activists met with Trump in person last January, making the case that White House aides were keeping Trump loyalists from getting administration jobs. "I know people want to know at home, what is the current scientific consensus about the transmissibility and infectiousness of the virus and how long, once you're infected, will you be infected?"

This comes after the minority leader claimed the funding request was "too little too late" on Monday. It includes $4.5 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to work to contain the outbreak in the USA, $1 billion to develop and manufacture a vaccine, $1 billion to help other countries battle the coronavirus, and $2 billion to reimburse states for costs incurred in tackling the outbreak.

In addition, the Trump administration requested that Congress permit the $535 million in emergency supplemental funding appropriated in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020, initially to prevent and treat Ebola, be transferred to the same HHS fund to instead be used for the nation's COVID-19 response. The White House anticipates shifting money from other HHS accounts and other agencies to complete the $2.5 billion response plan. "If Congress went along and made the cuts you and the administration asked for, you wouldn't be able to keep the public safe when the next threat emerges, and one will".

Trump fired back in a tweet, accusing Schumer of "complaining, for publicity purposes only".

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