White House update: New coronavirus cases flatten, antibody tests available

okay thank you very much please thank you a big day today at the White House all of American society is engaged and mobilized in the war against the invisible enemy while we must remain vigilant it is clear that our aggressive strategy is working and very strongly working on my debt new cases are declining throughout the New York metropolitan area cases in the Detroit and Denver metro areas are flat Washington d.c Baltimore Philadelphia and st. Louis are showing great signs of progress and new cases in Houston and New Orleans are declining the battle continues but the data suggests that nationwide we have passed the peak on new cases hopefully that will continue and we will continue to make great progress these encouraging developments have put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for States on reopening the country which we’ll be announcing we’re going to be talking about that tomorrow we’ll be having a news conference tomorrow sometime during the afternoon we’re going to be announcing guidelines and we’ll be talking about various states and it’s very exciting it’s been a horrible time to see such death and destruction especially when you come out of what was the greatest economy in the history of the world the greatest we’ve there’s never been an economy like what we had produced but we’ll produce it again and I think we’ll produce it again very fast the medical and healthcare advances we’ve made are critical to our continued progress we’ve rapidly developed the most expansive an accurate testing system anywhere in the world and have completed more than 3.3 million tests to date we have authorized 48 separate coronavirus tests and the FDA is working with 300 companies and to widen our capacity still further today Abbott Labs announced that it has developed an antibody test that will determine if someone has been previously infected with the corona virus and potentially developed immunity it’s a great test the company says these tests could be available to screen up to 20 million people in a matter of weeks my administration is also distributing vast amounts of medical supplies to states across the country through project air bridge which has been an amazing success we have completed 44 flights and these are flights of very very large airplanes massive cargo planes 44 flights of critical supplies as of today and an additional 56 flights scheduled in the near future we have some very brilliant people working on this it’s logistically incredible what they’ve done and we’ve also been working on this with the military and these people have been the genius of all of them together has been incredible to watch in total through all channels the federal government has developed and delivered 39 point four million n95 masks 431 million gloves 57 million surgical masks and ten point two million gowns we ordered 500 million masks and they’ll be coming shortly and we’ve distributed 100 million masks following our use of the defense production act GM announced that its first ventilator has come off the assembly line in Kokomo Indiana great place they did it in 11 days from start to finish a remarkable testament to the ingenuity of the American worker GM will ship over 600 ventilators this month alone with thousands more to come and we have other companies doing something similar and I think they said that there’s a brief clip that we have of General Motors sent to us by General Motors and I think they might be wanting to play that for your benefit please and there you got a little bit nervous when you saw there was a clip about

ready to be played but that was sent to us by General Motors and we thought it would be a good one to play it’s amazing it says you know what they’ve done in a very very short period of time they’re now making thousands of ventilators and they’re coming out of the factory very rapidly at a clip that nobody can even believe but we have others also doing it and these are very high-grade ventilators so we’re helping a lot of people and at this moment nobody needs them we have to remember during the surge nobody’s needed them for weeks now but we’ll have them for stockpiles and very importantly we’re going to have them for other countries because nobody is able to do things like we can do and we’re going to be able to help other countries that are having tremendous problems to put it mildly my administration is using every available authority to accelerate the development study and delivery of therapies so important therapies treatments and ultimately what we want to come up with is a safe vaccine but frankly the therapies to me are the most important because it takes care of people right now the vaccines have to be tested so it takes a longer period of time but we have some great potential therapies already and we’ll see how they’re working we’ll be able to report them that I think over the next week or two tremendous progress has been made at least 35 clinical trials of promising therapies are now underway so 35 different genius companies if you look at aids if you look at a bola if you look at so many things they’ve come up with the answers to so many things you wouldn’t have believed it and we’re very honored to be working with them they include antivirals and also and they something which is incredible keeps the virus from multiplying a mechanism that keeps the virus from multiplying immune therapies that prevent the immune system from overreaching to the virus and convalescent plasma treatments that use antibodies from the blood of recovered patients that we have a lot of patients who recover and they’re so happy to have recovered that the first thing they do is say we want to give our blood and they do that it’s incredible we have thousands of people that are doing that they recover they feel they have an obligation because they’ve gotten such great care and a lot of them didn’t think they were going to make it as the entire US government works to combat the global pandemic it is absolutely essential that the key positions at relevant federal agencies are fully staffed and we’re not allowing that to take place through our Congress they’re just not they’re just not giving it to us we have many many positions that are unstaffed because we can’t get the approvals the Democrats are holding us up we cannot get approval we’ve gotten judges because we go through the process I guess we’re up to 448 federal judges and that we’ve gotten because we focus on it we take the maximum time because no matter who the judges they take vast numbers of days and hours till proven leaves no time left for others very unfair system if a judge is going to be approved in one hour in one session it doesn’t matter they’ll take the maximum number of hours and days you’re talking about days to get one judge approved and we’re close to 250 judges but because of the way they’re doing it there’s no time for anybody else and many of these people have been waiting for two and a half years we have a couple that have been waiting for longer than that they’re currently 129 nominees stuck in the Senate because of partisan obstruction many are nominated for vacancies that must be filled to assist with the coronavirus crisis and the result in economic challenges and I’ve read over the couple of years well I didn’t fill positions I don’t fill positions in some cases we don’t need the position and I’m all for that but in many cases you do but we can’t get them approved by the Democrats they won’t release them the positions include the Director of National Intelligence two members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors the assistant secretary of treasury for financial markets of the United the United States and the Under Secretary of Agriculture responsible for

administering food security programs and sonny perdue who’s going to be speaking today saying please can I have this man can I have this particular person approved as soon as possible he’s been telling me that for a long time and the Democrats won’t allow it to happen again every single judge every nominee we have goes through a maximum or at least they go through a long process so it takes days and days and there’s no time left and it’s just a concerted effort to make life difficult an example is Michael Pak he’s my nominee for the CEO of the broadcasting broadcasting Board of Governors and he’s been suckin Committee for two years preventing us from managing the voice of America very important and have you heard what’s coming out of the voice of America it’s disgusting well things they say are disgusting toward our country and Michael pack would get any do a great job but he’s been waiting now for two years can’t get him approved the Senate has left Washington until at least May 4th the Constitution provides a mechanism for the president to fill positions in such circumstances the recess appointment it’s called the Senate’s practice of gaveling into so-called pro forma sessions where no one is even there has prevented me from using the constitutional authority that we’re giving that we’re given under the recessed provisions the Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments we have a tremendous number of people that have to come into government and now more so than ever before because of the virus and the problem we have to do it and we have to do whatever we have to do they’ve made it very very difficult to run I don’t think any administration has done anywhere near what we’ve done in three and a half years but every block every week they put up roadblocks whether it’s Russia Russia Russia whether its impeachment hoax or whatever it may be it’s always roadblocks and a waste of time if the house will not agree to that adjournment I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress the current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis it is a scam what they do it’s a scam and everybody knows it and it’s been that way for a long time and perhaps it’s never done before it’s never been done before nobody’s even sure if it has but we’re going to do it we need these people here we need people for this crisis and we don’t want to play any more political games I’ve been waiting for two and a half years three years to some of these people and they’re great people they left law firms they left jobs they gave up everything to do it and they’ve been waiting for three years two and a half years two years one year to get approved it’s ridiculous and everyone knows they’re going to be approved but there’s only so many hours in the day when you go through judges and you go through lengthy hearings on judges that they know should be approved immediately and they could do it in one session one and they could do it in one hour and instead it takes some many days in order to advance the health and security of our nation and all nations as we announced yesterday the US government has put a hold on funding to the WHL World Health Organization pending a review of the organization’s coverup and mismanagement of the corona virus outbreak over the objections of the WHL we took decisive action and early life-saving action to suspend travel from China they didn’t want do it they were angry that we did it it was early on they were angry that we did it took him a long time to realize what was going but I have a feeling they knew exactly what was going on tragically other nations put their trust in the w-h-o and they didn’t do any form a band and you see what happened to Italy you see what happened to Spain you see what happened to France WH owes guidance had failed to control their borders at a very crucial phase quickly unleashing the contagion around the world there was a horrible tragic mistake or perhaps they know I’m sure they didn’t know the gravity of it but

perhaps they knew because if they knew the gravity that would be an even worse offence to ease the economic pain of millions of American families we’ve now processed 300 billion dollars in loans to more than 1 million small businesses through the paycheck protection program this action has saved millions of American jobs it’s been an incredible success and they want to replenish it now but again the Democrats don’t want to do that this is money that goes to the workers of our country phase one was three hundred and fifty billion dollars and now phase two we want to do two hundred and fifty billion this goes to workers and it goes to small businesses so we can save all the small businesses around our nation Mike McFarland from Nebraska recently said this historic relief has been a godsend for his small factory and the 136 Americans who worked there save those jobs another small business owner Tim Miller from Oklahoma called the program a total lifesaver fors auto repair shops for employees stories like these underscore why Congress must replenish the paycheck protection program immediately the Republicans want to do it they want to do it immediately they want to do it now and the Democrats are stopping it a short time ago CDC issued public health guidelines for critical industries in a few moments agricultural secretary sonny perdue will elaborate on how these guidelines apply to our nation’s dedicated workers in the food processing profession because it’s a profession it’s incredible what they do food processing and they’re keeping our grocery stores full the shelves are not bare like the shelves that I inherited when we took over the stockpile the medical stockpile where the shelves were bare the cupboard was bare I say tomorrow I’ll also be leading a call with elected officials who will consult with my administration as we work to restore our economy to full speed and we really think with all of the stimulus and all of the pent-up demand we’re going to have an economy that really comes back quickly and would like to see it more than match what we had before what we had before was a miracle and we think this is going to be even more than a miracle we’re going to do it because we have the greatest people in the world we’ll also be speaking to America’s governors tomorrow and then we’ll be announcing exactly what’s happening you already know we’ll be opening up states some states much sooner than others and we think some of the states can actually open up before the deadline of May first and I think that that will be a very exciting time indeed governors are looking for that chomping at the bit to get going again not all states are the same they’re very different summer having very little problems some have done such a good job that they have very little problem and they’re ready to go so vice president Pence and I will be speaking with the governors tomorrow we’ll be discussing procedures today I spoke with the leaders of many of our nation’s most renowned companies and organizations on how to achieve the full resurgence of the American economy my discussions included top leaders in health and health care transportation technology financial services food beverages hospitality real estate retail agriculture can struction Energy Labor manufacturing and sports industries we want to get a country open again we want to have our sports leagues open you want to watch sports it’s important we miss sports we miss everything we want to get back these experts and innovators provided extremely productive feedback on how to safely reboot our economy they gave us a lot of great ideas we spoke to a lot of very very smart people the highest of the high tech the level of IQ and some of those calls was about the highest you’ve ever seen heard a phone call that I can tell you but we have a lot of great thought went into those calls and a lot of questions came out and also statements very strong statements as to what they recommend it was I think it was a great day we did a lot of a lot of calling with a lot of very prominent people but more importantly very smart people and people that love our country they talked about the vital importance of our wide array of relief measures to address the present crisis and they provided valuable insights on how to move forward including on the role of protective gear where we have tremendous

amounts of protective gear coming in robust testing and the future use of therapies and treatments they also underscored the crucial importance of strong supply chains and communications infrastructure we’re talking about infrastructure for the middle of our country we’re talking about broadband and things that they frankly don’t have and haven’t had for a long time because a lot of politicians forgot about them can’t forget about them they’re really the heart and soul can’t forget about them and we’re talking about the telemedical it’s a new thing and it’s incredible what they’ve been able to do this is an industry that’s just growing but it’s take it’s grown by leaps and bounds over the last five weeks people are learning so much without the ability to see a doctor they’re learning so much and a lot of good things are happening that’s something that’s really going forward I think going to be very important for our country as we’ve seen through proud history America is never greater than when our people are working in unison toward a common goal that’s what’s happening right now we’ll go ahead we’ll forge an even brighter future today than we had and will be along with other nations hopefully we’re working with other nations will be the comeback kids all of us all of us it’s incredible what’s going on I’m very proud of the people of this country I’m very proud of the people I spoke to today these are truly great brilliant people and we’ve gained tremendous insight so tomorrow is going to be a very big day we’re going to be speaking with the governors we’ll have some information on some openings and again we’ll have some openings that will be will exceed our expectations and they’ll be safe they’ll be strong but we want to get our country back we want to get our country back and we’re going to do it and we’re going to do it soon with that I’d like to ask dr. Burks to come up and say a few words and then secretary sonny perdue and then vice president pence thank you very much thank you Thank You mr. president and thank you for summarizing on the States and what we’re seeing so over the last five to six days we’ve seen declines in cases across the country and this has been very reassuring for us at the same time we know that mortality and the fatalities that we’re facing across the United States continue we know the number of people who are still in the hospitals in the ICUs and we want to continue to recognize the health care workers who are on the front lines and really recognize how low the united states case fatality rates are compared to other countries and this is really due not only to our technology but how that technology is utilized to save lives at the same time I’m inspired by the American people who continue social distancing these cases continue to decline because of the strong work of the American people I also wanted to let you know that we do have nine states that have less than a thousand cases and less than 30 new cases per day so we’re looking at States and metro areas as individual individual areas we talked before how each of these curves are different each of the cases experiences are different we have some states like California and Washington State Oregon that never really had a peak because of so much work that their populations did to decrease and keep the new cases down so each of these into individual states and individual metros are being studied very specifically I do want to highlight and we are remaining concerned and we’ve been having discussions with Rhode Island Rhode Island and Providence are in a unique situation first they had increasing cases from the New York City area and now they have new increase in cases from the Boston area that are caught between two incredible hotspots in the country they’re doing an extraordinary job they’re caring for the individuals and the front lines but Providence continues to have new cases and we do continue to work with specific states that have specific outbreaks related to individual occurrences I will just remind the American people again this is a highly contagious virus social gatherings coming together is there always a chance that a a symptomatic person can spread the virus unknowingly no one is intending to spread the virus we know if you are sick you will stay home but to all of you that are out there that would like to join together and just have that dinner party for 20 don’t do it yet continue to follow the presidential guidelines we really

appreciate the work of the American people we see as a country we’re improving we see as metro areas we’re improving we see as communities as counties and as states were improving but that also still requires everyone to continue to social distance and in the end we do have states that have very few cases and very few new cases and so these are the ones a president is referring to that have been silent relatively silent throughout to this epidemic and pandemic that many of us have faced and so these are the groups are working with very specifically and each of these governors and each of these mayors will have to make decisions after generalized guidelines are put out so that they can do what’s best for their communities they are at the frontline and I wanted to conclude by really thanking my PEPFAR teams around the world who have been working tirelessly throughout the world to ensure that Africa and Asia doesn’t experience this level of infections that we have seen here they’ve turned over their capacities from their embassies our US hires throughout the world our ambassadors are still on the front line with our local staff working with ministries of how to confront this virus around the globe and I assure you that they are continuing to invest in the health structures the laboratory and the frontline care to ensure that all of the work that we have done against TB HIV and malaria continues but that we use our capacity our laboratories our clinics our hospitals that have been built by the American people and the generosity of the American people to really combat this covet 19 around the globe thank you thank you mr. president for the opportunity to be here with you today and I want you to know it’s an honor to represent you and leading the department of agriculture and represent the constituency who are crucial in maintaining our nation’s food security enabling us to keep food on the table of our American families not only just food but wholesome and safe food as well I’d like to start my remarks today by echoing what my colleagues the CDC have been saying regarding the health and safety of our central employees across the United States CDC’s provided strategies there that aimed at helping our most critical workers both in healthcare and in food processing to quickly and safely to return to work after potential exposure the Cova 19 provided those workers are symptom free and this guidance will help these critical industries in the food sector provide to protect the health and safety of essential workers while keeping critical functions working throughout the Cova 19 response as we know any employee who develops symptoms while on the job should go home immediately and the interim guidance is in line with CDC’s recommendations for health care workers caring for those sick with kovin 19 so we appreciate the dedication and commitment of all the brave men working women working to keep their communities fed and we will continue to work with the CDC to keep those individuals as safe as possible during these challenging times in that vein there’s been a lot happening this week it’s Cova 19 is impacting food processing facilities as you know for Americans who be may be worried about access to good food because of this I want to assure you the American food supply is strong resilient and safe and in fact our food supply chain has shown tremendous agility in shifting production and logistics so suddenly from in institutional settings to retail settings to all the employers out there in the sector it’s critical that you follow CDC guidelines and guidance and best practices to keep all of your employees and people safe and healthy to employers and local public health officials advising them the CDC has issued guidelines on how to mitigate a situation if you have a positive case in one of your facilities we need our local health authorities and our state health authorities to do everything they can to balance the demand of keeping our facilities operational and our critical industries going at the same time keeping the health and safety of employees is a top priority as well as our communities so I want to also take this time to thank all of our critical essential food supply chain workers the entire country is counting on these patriotic individuals by doing the work in our food supply chain these dedicated workers include obviously farmers and producers but also processors truckers and grocery store workers as you know America’s depending on what you have the

food we need to feed our families and you’re the ones who are making that happen thank you as an entire nation we’re truly thankful for the work you’re doing and we recognize that you are the true patriotic heroes during this a national emergency along with our health care workers so before I sign off here mr president I want to remind you and all of us have one more thing in the United States we have plenty of food for all of our citizens I want to be clear the bear store shelves you may see in some cities in the country are a demand issue not a supply issue the way food is prepared and packaged to be sold in a restaurant or a school is significantly different than the way it’s packaged for you to buy in the grocery store our supply chain is sophisticated efficient integrated and synchronized and it’s taken us a few days to relocate the misalignment between institutional settings and grocery settings but that does not mean that we don’t have enough food in this country to feed the American people you might think of it as an interstate when it’s real flowing along well and you have a crash at one place it backs up and that’s what’s happening in the food supply chain but we’re working through that you know all this through all this our food supply chain has proven to be very resilient just like American people the extent we have challenges we have and continue to need to work through it all together and we can and we will get through this with a whole of American approach mr. president and a critical partnership between state and local health officials a management of companies and the employees and we will meet any challenges we face by working together thank you sir for the opportunity before the vice president comes up I just wanted to say speaking of sunny China has paid us billions of dollars many many billions of dollars in tariffs which we’ve distributed some to the farmers because they were targeted we have many billions of dollars being held by sunny and I’ve told him to distribute much of that money to the farmers our farmers were targeted and now they’re benefiting by the amount that they were targeted and we are very honored to do that and sunny you’re going to start that process very soon you let the farmers know nobody can take advantage of our farmers so we have a lot of money that we’ve taken in from China we’re going to be distributing that money from from sunny to the farmers and is tremendous money overt above that that money was paid directly into the Treasury of the United States this has never happened to China before they never gave us ten cents now they’re paying us billions of dollars that we appreciate it so thank you very much on a greatjob breeze Mike please Thank You mr. president the White House coronavirus task force met today it’s reported to us that we’ve conducted and completed three million three hundred twenty four thousand tests across the nation more than six hundred nineteen thousand Americans have tested positive but as you reflected yesterday when we welcomed coronavirus survivors here to the White House from across the country some more than 45,000 Americans have fully recovered sadly we mourn the loss of more than 27 thousand of our our countrymen our hearts are with their families and with the families of all of those that continue to struggle with the serious consequences of this illness but as dr. Burch just reflected despite the heartbreaking losses we’re getting there America because of the efforts of people all across this country to put into practice the president’s coronavirus guidelines because of their adherence to the direction of state and local authorities as dr. Burks just reflected we we see great signs of progress from the west coast to the east coast President Trump has directed our team to develop new guidelines that will be presented tomorrow to our nation’s governors and and released to the American people thereafter the American people will be encouraged to know that as we stand here today 24 percent of the counties of this country have no reported coronavirus cases in fact half of the states in America have less than 2,500 cases per state this is a great tribute to the efforts by the people of those communities but as the president suggested when we unveil the guidelines that the team has been working to present tomorrow to our nation’s governors we’re going to reflect on the

fact that as the president said there will be areas of the country that will our continued mitigation and strong efforts and there will be other areas of the country that will be be given guidance for a greater flexibility the president is so directed our team when we think of more than six hundred and nineteen thousand Americans having tested positive more than 45,000 having recovered we wanted to announce today that the FDA recently announced efforts to facilitate the development and access to convalescent plasma mr. president you’ve spoken about this people who have recovered from the corona virus have antibodies in your bloodstream that can attack the virus the Mayo Clinic today is working with the Red Cross to make sure that coronavirus patients have access to the convalescent plasma treatments and over a thousand institutions across America have already joined this program and we want to urge every American who has recovered from the corona virus for at least two and preferably four weeks to contact your local blood or plasma donation center and arrange to donate it’s one more way that the American people can do their part and step forward and thousands have already done so when we know that tens of thousands will join them on the subject of supplies mr. president I’ll be very brief because you detailed a great amount as the president mentioned the air bridge is completed forty four flights 56 more are scheduled but on the subject of facial masks which are so important for the protection of critical infrastructure pleased to report that the average daily delivery through the commercial network through our air bridge is 22 million facial masks coming into the marketplace the average inventory in the network over a seven day period is 80 million masks and FEMA is actually working as we speak to move facial masks to priority infrastructure food supply of first responders there’ll be six point five million masks that go out before the end of this week an additional 20 million before April the 20th and then we’ll be adding six point five million each and every week at the president’s direction we’re going to ensure that all of those that work in food supply all of those first responders have access to masks and we’re increasing those every day now finally I know I speak for the president when I say how proud we are of all of our health care workers across the country and how proud we are of the men and women in uniform our medical professionals who have been deployed across the nation literally by the thousands in fact as we stand here today 576 doctors nurses and other military medical professionals have been deployed to 13 hospitals across the nation 10 in New York and one in Connecticut Texas and Louisiana each and as the president reflected a few days ago because we did not have the happily did not have the demand on the Javits Center and on the Comfort in New York City at the president’s direction we have deployed doctors and nurses from those two facilities two hospitals in fact the president and I were just speaking to Mayor DeBlasio just before we came out and he expressed his great admiration and appreciation for the relief that these medical military personnel have provided to incredibly dedicated people in our hospitals 258 medical personnel just yesterday were deployed off the ship and out of the Javits Center into New York with that mr. president I’ll step aside but it’s remarkable to think of all that we’ve accomplished over the last month since you first issued the presidential guidelines for America the truth is because of what the American people have done over the last 30 days we are slowing the spread we are ensuring that every American family to have access to the health care that we want any member of our family to have with the greatest health care professionals in the world we’re saving lives and we’re healing our land and so we want to thank the American people for all you have done and tomorrow we’ll be presenting a new guidance to the governors of this country about how we build on our progress and reopen America in a safe and responsible way Thank You mr. president