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President Trump discusses US coronavirus preparedness

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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In the recent speech addressing coronavirus risk to the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump has put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the response. The President attests that the risk to the U.S. remains “very low,” NBC reports. 


The coronavirus has, however, spread to nearly every corner of the Globe. The death toll the world over is roughly around 2, 700 people documented fatalities. The number of documented cases is up to the tens of thousands range. The undocumented cases may be higher. 

The Trump administration has taken numerous response steps to the viral spread. The U.S. declared it a public health emergency, imposed travel restrictions to the epicenter of the outbreak, and imposing quarantines. 

Trump announced that he would be holding an urgent press conference in a Tweet posted early Wednesday morning. He had recently returned from his state visit to Modi in India. 

NBC states that there was likewise some confusion in India when President Trump stated that the U.S. was “very close” to a vaccine. The vaccine is not to be immediately released. The COVID-2019 vaccination will begin clinical trials in six weeks’ time. It is currently being developed by the progressive Moderna out of Cambridge, Mass. 

Politico reported that science vs. politics has conflicted in the updates and coverage of coronavirus risk to the United States. Politico states that there is a “battle” within the Trump administration over the coronavirus risk. It has put a severe strain on the Trump administration. It has put “two urgent imperatives” in conflict, citing Politico. The first is maintaining credibility and the second is tackling a global health crisis. The coronavirus has had a deeply unsettling impact on the globe, spooking investors and slowing the process of business supply chains. 

Politico reports that Trump has acquiesced to the bipartisan request for more funding for coronavirus. However, Politico reports that President Trump is likely downplaying the risk that the coronavirus poses to the American public. 

Fox News reported that Trump had said a coronavirus vaccine could come along “rapidly.” Clinical trials are scheduled, but again, the efficiency of the vaccine is not yet guaranteed. The vaccine must be tested. Amendments could delay it. 

Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Health stated that applying a vaccine to the coronavirus will likely not be realistically applicable for another year, citing Fox News. 

Likewise, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has warned that the risk to the U.S. could be greater than the public may realize. She was quoted by The Hill directly thus, 

“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder.” 

There appears to be an economic and a healthcare variation on the public risk as well. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow made this comment, as quoted by The Hill, 

“We have contained this. I won’t say [it’s] airtight, but it’s pretty close to airtight.” 


Mr. Kudlow’s statement does not reflect realistic facts. It may have been made in an effort to placate the economic anxiety generated in the public. However, the risk of coronavirus to the United States of America will remain an equal risk as counterpart nations if efforts to control the virus abroad are not successful. For this reason, the public is advised to follow preventative precautions issued by public health agencies. 

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