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  • >>> GOOD AFTERNOON, WE JUST FINISHED THE MEETING IN THE

  • WHITE HOUSE WITH THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE AND SINCE THE TIME,

  • WE HAVE MET DAILY AND WE WILL CONTINUE THAT EFFORT TODAY. WE

  • ADDED AHEAD OF THE MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES AS WELL AS

  • ROBERT WILKIE WITH THE VA.

  • FIRST, A FEW BASIC FACTS AND THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM OTHER

  • MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE ABOUT ONGOING EFFORTS. AT THE PRESENT

  • MOMENT, WE HAVE 43 DOMESTIC CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS AND 48

  • CASES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES.

  • OTHER DOMESTIC CASES, 29 OF THE 43 ARE EITHER IN CALIFORNIA OR

  • WASHINGTON STATE AND WE HAVE COMMUNITIES THAT ARE FACING

  • OF WHAT THE EXPERTS TELL US COULD BE A CLUSTER IN THOSE

  • COMMUNITIES. SADLY, TODAY, THERE WERE FOUR ADDITIONAL FATALITIES

  • RAISING THE NUMBER OF SIX AMERICANS LOSING THEIR

  • LIVES TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT AND ALL

  • THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND

  • SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE THAT WERE LOST. DESPITE

  • TODAY'S SAD NEWS, LET'S BE CLEAR. THE RISK TO THE AMERICAN

  • PEOPLE OF THE CORONAVIRUS REMAINS LOW ACCORDING TO ALL THE

  • EXPERTS THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT. THE

  • PRESIDENT HAS SAID WE ARE READY FOR ANYTHING

  • BUT THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK EFFORT AND TODAY'S ACTIVITY

  • REALLY REFLECTS THE PRESENT EFFORT TO BRING THE BEST MINDS

  • OF THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY TOGETHER AND THE BEST OF LEADERSHIP FROM

  • AROUND THE COUNTRY AT EVERY LEVEL.

  • WE HAD A GOOD MEETING THIS MORNING WITH GOVERNORS FROM 50

  • STATES AND THREE TERRITORIES. I WAS ABLE TO CONVEY TO THEM THE

  • GRATITUDE THAT THE PRESIDENT AND THE ENTIRE DEMONSTRATION FEELS

  • PARTICULARLY FOR GOVERNORS THAT ARE DEALING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

  • IN THEIR STATE AND THOSE THAT HAVE TAKEN

  • REPATRIATED PERSONNEL. I CAN SAY THAT WHAT I HEAR FROM THE

  • NATIONS GOVERNORS IS THAT THERE HAS BEEN A SEAMLESS RELATIONSHIP

  • BETWEEN ALL THE AGENCIES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STATES

  • THUS FAR.

  • WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THAT. WE ARE COMMITTED TO A FULL

  • PARTNERSHIP WITH STATE GOVERNMENTS AND TO THE HEALTH

  • OFFICIALS AND TO LOCAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS GOING

  • FORWARD.

  • WE ALSO MET TODAY WITH SOME OF THE LEADERS OF THE TOP

  • PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES

  • IN THE WORLD AND THE PRESIDENT SPOKE TO THEM NOT JUST ABOUT

  • VACCINES WHICH MANY OF THE COMPANIES ARE ALREADY BEGINNING

  • TO WORK ON BUT JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THE DEVELOPMENT OF

  • THERAPEUTICS AND IT IS REMARKABLE TO THINK THAT THERE

  • MAY WELL BE A VACCINE GOING TO LOCAL TRIALS WITHIN THE NEXT SIX

  • WEEKS AND EXPERTS HAVE EXPLAINED TO US THAT THE VACCINE MIGHT NOT

  • YET BE AVAILABLE UNTIL LATE THIS YEAR BUT THE THERAPEUTICS GIVING

  • RELIEF TO PEOPLE COULD

  • BE AVAILABLE BY THIS SUMMER OR EARLY FALL. THE MOST ENCOURAGING

  • NEWS WAS THAT OUR

  • PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES WHICH ARE RECOGNIZED AS THE GREATEST

  • IN THE WORLD, THEY HAVE ALREADY CONFORMED A CONTORTION TO

  • SHARE INFORMATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT IN THERAPEUTICS AND

  • VACCINES. A QUICK UPDATE YESTERDAY

  • , WE WERE FULLY IMPLEMENTING THE NEW TRAVEL ADVISORIES FOR

  • PORTIONS OF ITALY AND SOUTH KOREA AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF

  • SCREENING OF PERSONNEL

  • FROM ACROSS THOSE COUNTRIES WHO ARE TRYING TO TAKE A DIRECT

  • FLIGHT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I WAS PLEASED TO LEARN

  • THAT WITHIN THE NEXT 12 HOURS, THEY WILL BE 100% SCREENING AND

  • ALL DIRECT FLIGHTS AT ALL AIRPORTS ACROSS ITALY AND ACROSS

  • SOUTH KOREA.

  • THE PRESIDENT HAS DIRECTED US

  • TO BRING FULL RESOURCES OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND TO BRING

  • THE BEST MINDS IN THIS COUNTRY TO BEAR ON THIS EFFORT AND

  • FINALLY

  • , I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME TO OUR WHITE HOUSE TEAM, A WORLD

  • RENOWNED

  • GLOBAL HEALTH OFFICIAL AND PHYSICIAN. SHE WILL BE MY RIGHT

  • ARM THROUGH THIS EFFORT AS THE PRESIDENT HAS TASKED ME TO LEAD

  • THE RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS AND I'M GRATEFUL THAT AMBASSADOR

  • DEBORAH BURKS AND DR. DEBORAH BROOKS WILL BE ON OUR TEAM AND

  • SHE HAS ALREADY BEEN CONJURING SIGNIFICANTLY TO OUR

  • DISCUSSIONS. DR. BROOKS SIRS FOR COMBATING HIV AIDS GLOBALLY

  • AND HAS DEVELOPED AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS

  • THAT. SHE IS A SCIENTIST AND PHYSICIAN AND SOMEONE WITH THREE

  • DECADES OF PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTISE INCLUDING VACCINES AND

  • HAS VAST EXPERIENCE IN INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND DR.

  • BROOKS AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING ALL

  • OF THESE VARIOUS ENTITIES TOGETHER

  • TO BRING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISION FOR A WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT

  • RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO

  • RECOGNIZE DR.

  • DEBORAH BURKS AND THANK YOU FOR STEPPING UP ALL MY TIME TO SERVE

  • OUR COUNTRY. >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU MR. VICE

  • PRESIDENT. IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE . EVERYONE TOOK GREAT

  • CARE OF ME AND I HAD COMPUTER AND PHONE RECORDS AND IT SHOWS A

  • LEVEL OF EFFICIENCY AND EXPERTISE HERE

  • AND IT IS CLEAR THAT THE EARLY WORK OF THE PRESIDENT BOTH IN

  • TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND THE ABILITY TO QUARANTINE HAS

  • BROUGHT US TIME AND SPACE TO HAVE THIS TASK FORCE BE VERY

  • EFFECTIVE. I HAVE NEVER WORKED WITH SUCH INCREDIBLE SCIENTISTS

  • AND THOUGHTFUL POLICY LEADERS AND I GOT TO SPEND THE DAY WITH

  • THEM. I AM TRYING TO GET UP TO SPEED AS FAST AS POSSIBLE AND I

  • LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAYS OF WORKING TOGETHER TO END THIS

  • EPIDEMIC. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU, MR. VICE

  • PRESIDENT. I JUST WANT TO FIRST START OUT BY SAYING HOW

  • DELIGHTED WE ARE THAT

  • AMBASSADOR BURKS WILL BE LEADING AND CORRELATING THESE EFFORTS

  • ACROSS THE GOVERNMENT. DR. BROOKS AND I GO WAY BACK AND

  • BASICALLY EVERY LEADER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN

  • SERVICES GO WAY BACK TOGETHER. WE ALREADY HAVE ESTABLISHED

  • RELATIONSHIPS. WHILE WE HAVE

  • PRODUCTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS AND I THINK WE WILL KEEP THIS

  • PROCESS WORKING INCREDIBLY SMOOTHLY AND AS THE VICE

  • PRESIDENT SAID, DR. BURKS HAS BEEN ALREADY BEEN ASKING THE

  • RIGHT QUESTIONS AND CHALLENGING AS ON ALL THE RIGHT POLICY

  • MATTERS THAT WE NEED TO FOCUS ON. I WANT TO BEGIN BY RECAPPING

  • THE CURRENT SITUATION THAT WE HAVE FACED. AS THE VICE

  • PRESIDENT MENTIONED AS OF THIS MORNING, WE HAVE A 43 CONFIRMED

  • PRESUMPTIVE CASES OF THE VIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES EXCLUDING

  • THE REPATRIATED CASES AND 17 OF THOSE ARE TRAVEL RELATED IN ONE

  • WAY OR ANOTHER AND 26 ARE BELIEVED TO BE PERSON-TO-PERSON

  • SPREAD.

  • BECAUSE OF THE STRONG LEADERSHIP AND ALL THE HARD WORK THAT OUR

  • PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS HAVE DONE AT THE LOCAL AND STATE AND

  • FEDERAL LEVEL, THE IMMEDIATE RISK TO ANY INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS

  • HAS BEEN AND IS CONTINUE TO BE LOW BUT THE RISK FOR PEOPLE WITH

  • POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO IDENTIFIED CASES CAN BE HIGH. WITH EVERY

  • ONE OF OUR EXPERTS AND LEADERS PAYING FOR MORE THAN A MONTH NOW

  • THAT THE DEGREE OF RISK HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE QUICKLY.

  • ESPECIALLY IF WE SEE SUSTAINED SPREAD OF THE DISEASE AROUND THE

  • WORLD WHICH COULD QUALIFY THIS DISEASE AS A PANDEMIC.

  • AS SAID THIS MORNING, WE WILL SEE MORE CASES OF COMMUNITY

  • SPREAD IN THE UNITED STATES. AS WE HAVE EMPHASIZED, WE ALL NEED

  • TO PREPARE

  • FOR THE POTENTIAL NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE WORST BUT HOPE

  • FOR THE BEST. IN SOME PLACES WE WILL HAVE TO USE THE RANGE OF

  • OUR MITIGATION EFFORTS AND WE ALREADY ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH

  • SANTA CLARA COUNTY AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND KING COUNTY TO

  • ASSIST THEM IN THINKING THROUGH SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES

  • AS WELL AS LEARNINGS FROM SINGAPORE AND HONG KONG TO THE

  • MOST EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY MITIGATION EFFORTS SUCH AS

  • TEMPORARY SCHOOL CLOSURES OR EVEN MORE TITRATED RESPONSES

  • THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT SUCH AS HAVING SCHOOL BUT PERHAPS NOT

  • HAVING ASSEMBLIES IN SCHOOL. THAT IS WHY THE PRESIDENT HAS

  • TAKEN AN UNPRECEDENTED HOLD OF GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO PROTECT

  • THE AMERICAN PEOPLE INCLUDING THE STEPS IN THE LAST FEW DAYS

  • TO RADICALLY EXPAND AND IMPROVE THE TESTING AND ACCESS TO

  • RESPIRATORS NEEDED BY HEALTHCARE WORKERS. THE VICE PRESIDENT

  • AND I SPOKE WITH ALMOST EVERY GOVERNOR THAT WE HAVE THIS

  • MORNING AND WE GREATLY APPRECIATE CLOSE COOPERATION.

  • I ALSO WANTED TO INTRODUCE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO I ASKED THE VICE

  • PRESIDENT TO HAVE JOINED THIS TASK FORCE BECAUSE THE CENTERS

  • FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PLAY SUCH A VITAL ROLE

  • WITH $1.3 TRILLION OF SPENDING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND

  • PROVIDING HEALTHCARE TO 60 MILLION AMERICAN SENIORS AND AS

  • WE HAVE SEEN, THIS DISEASE CAN HAVE A DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT

  • ON THE ELDERLY AS WELL AS MEDICALLY FRAIL. OUR

  • ADMINISTRATOR HAS A VERY IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY IN

  • REGARD TO FUNDING

  • OF CARE WHETHER IT IS THERAPEUTICS OR VACCINES OR

  • DIAGNOSTICS OR SENIOR CITIZENS BUT ALSO A VITAL ROLE THAT YOU

  • MAY NOT KNOW OF

  • AND REGULATING LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES SUCH AS NURSING HOMES

  • AND OTHER HEALTHCARE FACILITIES WITH REGULATORY FUNCTIONS. I'M

  • DELIGHTED THAT THE ADMINISTRATOR IS FORMALLY JOINING THE TASK

  • FORCE TOLD ME TURN IT OVER.

  • >> THANK YOU SECRETARY AND FOR THE TRUMPET MENSTRUATION,

  • PATIENTS COME FIRST AND THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AND WELFARE OF

  • AMERICA'S PATIENTS AND PROVIDER WORKFORCE IS OUR HIGHEST

  • PRIORITY. LET ME START WITH WHAT CMS AND THE SECRETARY SAID.

  • WE ARE THE LARGEST COVERING OVER 130 MILLION AMERICANS BETWEEN

  • MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND THE INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE MARKET.

  • SOME OF THESE ARE THE NATIONS MOST MOLDABLE POPULATIONS AND

  • THOSE IN PUBLIC AND ELDERLY AND SO FORTH. WE DO HAVE A

  • REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITY

  • OR PRETTY MUCH EVERY HEALTHCARE INSTITUTION IN AMERICA AND THIS

  • INCLUDES FACILITIES SUCH AS HOSPITALS

  • AND CRITICAL ACCESS AND NURSING HOMES AND HOME HEALTH AGENCIES

  • AND DIALYSIS FACILITIES AND THE LIST GOES ON. THAT GIVES US A

  • CRITICAL ROLE IN ADDRESSING THE CORONAVIRUS. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE

  • FOR ENFORCING THE QUALITY GUIDELINES BASED ON INFORMATION

  • WITH PARTNER AGENCIES LIKE THE CDC.

  • LET ME STRESS THAT CMS HAS LONG-STANDING INFECTIOUS DISEASE

  • POLICIES

  • ALREADY IN PLACE THAT WE HAVE USED EFFECTIVELY FOR OTHER

  • OUTBREAKS SUCH AS INFLUENZA. HEALTHCARE FACILITIES ALREADY

  • HAVE THESE PROCEDURES IN PLACE AND ARE PREPARED FOR WHAT THEY

  • MAY SEEM. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROACTIVELY UPDATE OUR

  • REGULATIONS AND WE WILL BE WORKING WITH CDC AND RIGHT NOW

  • THOSE ARE ALREADY IN PLACE AND IT IS OUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THE

  • HEALTHCARE FACILITIES ARE EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENTING

  • THOSE GUIDELINES AND WE WILL WORK WITH THE CDC TO DETERMINE

  • WHETHER WE NEED TO UPDATE OR CHANGE THOSE. ALSO, WE ARE

  • LOOKING AT WHAT WE COVER AND CLARIFYING THE TYPES OF PRODUCTS

  • AND SERVICES THAT OUR PROGRAMS WILL BE ABLE TO PAY FOR IN TERMS

  • OF MEDICAID AND MEDICARE. >>

  • THANK YOU. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE A COUPLE OF OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR

  • TEAM.

  • >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I JUST WANT TO MAKE THREE COMMENTS AND

  • POINTS AND FIRST OF ALL TO UNDERSCORE WHAT THE VICE

  • PRESIDENT AND THE SECRETARY LIAISON SAID. WE HAD AN

  • EXTRAORDINARY MEETING WITH THE CEOS OF RIDING WITH INDIVIDUALS

  • IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL AND BIOTECH BUSINESS AND SEVERAL OF

  • THEM IN THE ROOM, PEOPLE WERE ALREADY ACTIVELY COLLABORATING

  • WITH AND THEIR ENTHUSIASM ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED IN HELPING US

  • ALONG WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRODUCTS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF

  • PRODUCTS THE VACCINES

  • FOR OTHERS IT WAS VERY GRATIFYING. SECOND, I AM PLEASED

  • THAT THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT WILL BE VISITING AND

  • WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW FIRSTHAND THE KIND OF

  • THINGS WE ARE DOING AND FINALLY JUST ONE COMMENT ABOUT INVESTOR

  • DR. BURKS. A COUPLE OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID THEY GO BACK A LONG

  • TIME WITH DR. BURKS BUT NOBODY GOES BACK AS LONG AS I GO. SHE

  • WAS A FELLOW IN MY PROGRAM AS A TRAINEE AND SHE KNEW HER WE KNEW

  • SHE WAS A STAR THEN BUT NOW SHE HAS BECOME A SUPERSTAR.

  • TOGETHER, WE WERE INVOLVED IN VACCINE TRIALS THAT WAS THE

  • FIRST SUCCESSFUL TRIAL OF HIV AND HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER OR HAD

  • THE PRIVILEGE AND THE HONOR AMONG OTHERS OF PUTTING TOGETHER

  • THE PROGRAM FOR PRESIDENT BUSH AND SHE WAS THE INVESTOR IN

  • CHARGE OF THE PROGRAM SO I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM TO

  • FINALLY ONCE AGAIN GET BACK TO BE A PART WITH DEBBIE BURKS.

  • >> FINALLY, CDC

  • . >> THANK YOU, MR. VICE

  • PRESIDENT. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS RECOGNIZE THAT CDC

  • CONTINUES TO WORK AND PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THE BACKBONE OF OUR

  • PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM WITH THIS NATION WHICH IS THE STATE AND

  • LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. THESE TEAMS CONTINUE TO WORK TO

  • IDENTIFY NEW CASES AND ISOLATE CONTACT AND TO WORK TOGETHER TO

  • TRY TO LIMIT THE TRANSMISSION OF THE CORONAVIRUS. WORKING WITH

  • THE PUBLIC HEALTH PARTNERS, WE CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY

  • NEW COMMUNITY CASES AS THE SECRETARY SAID

  • WE ALWAYS ANTICIPATED AND USE OUR PUBLIC HEALTH ASSETS TO

  • AGGRESSIVELY CONFIRM THOSE CASES AND ISOLATE NEW CONTACT AND USE

  • OUR PUBLIC HEALTH TOOLS TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS. I WANT

  • TO ECHO WHAT WAS SAID BY THE VICE PRESIDENT AND THE SECRETARY

  • THAT DESPITE SEEING THESE NEW COMMUNITY CASES, THAT SHOWS YOU

  • WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY ACROSS THIS COUNTRY IN

  • ACTION AND THE REST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS LOW. I ALSO

  • WANT TO ADD

  • AND I KNOW MY ENTIRE AGENCY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PRESIDENT

  • AND VICE PRESIDENTS AND THE SECRETARIES VISIT TO COME ON

  • FRIDAY AND GET TO MEET A LOT OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE THAT HAVE FORM

  • THE BACKBONE OF THIS GREAT AGENCY. THANK YOU.

  • >> STEVE HOLLAND .

  • >> BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN SO FAR, HOW QUICKLY DO YOU

  • EXPECT THE VIRUS TO SPREAD? >> LET ME REFER THAT TO THE

  • EXPERTS. >>

  • I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING IS THE SECRETARY SAID FROM THE

  • BEGINNING THAT WE HAVE ANTICIPATED TO SEEK COMMUNITY

  • CASES

  • AND THAT THEY WILL POP UP AND WE HAVE A NUMBER AND THE HEALTH

  • DEPARTMENT ARE AGGRESSIVELY EVALUATING TO SEE IF THEY CAN

  • UNDERSTAND THE LINKAGE

  • AND WHO ARE THE CONTACTS AND HOW IS THE VIRUS SPREADING. I THINK