Will keep coronavirus task force indefinitely, says Trump amid rising US death toll

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 06, 2020, 07.38 PM(IST)

US President Donald Trump Photograph:( Reuters )

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Trump's latest tweets came a day after he confirmed that the White House coronavirus task force will be winding down.

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the White House coronavirus task force would continue "indefinitely" with its work on the pandemic, focusing on vaccines and therapeutics.

"Because of this success, the Task Force will continue on indefinitely with its focus on SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN. We may add or subtract people to it, as appropriate. The Task Force will also be very focused on Vaccines & Therapeutics," Trump said in a series of tweets.

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Trump's latest tweets came a day after he confirmed that the White House coronavirus task force will be winding down.

Trump followed Vice-President Mike Pence who on Tuesday said that the emergency task force he heads will not ''be needed much longer than the end of this month.''

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The coronavirus task force has spearheaded the complex response to the fast-spreading virus, which has already killed more than 71,000 Americans and infected over 1,205,130 patients.

The group headed by Pence and reporting to President Donald Trump coordinates between medical institutes, political staff and state governors, some of whom have spent weeks frantically trying to help overwhelmed hospitals.

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