Trump: USNS Naval Hospital Ship Headed To New York City
President Donald Trump and members of the White House coronavirus task force updated the nation on their handling of the virus today. Here were the takeaways:
- As of today, FEMA has shipped over nine million N95 masks, 20 million face masks, 3.1 million face shields, nearly 6,000 ventilators, 2.6 million gowns and 14.6 million gloves to various health care providers across the country.
- The USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship, will leave Virginia to go to New York City on Saturday, which is earlier than expected.
- Trump repeated his desire for Americans to "get back to work," however he made no mention of doing so by Easter, as he has in recent remarks.
- Vice President Mike Pence announced that Abbott Laboratories submitted a request to the FDA today for approval of point of care tests, which would allow patients to go to their own doctors and receive a test result for COVID-19 within 15 minutes.
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Note: President Trump usually opens these news conferences with his own remarks. His comments in a number of past briefings have later been contradicted by information provided by other officials. He has also repeatedly used stigmatizing language to describe COVID-19. Following the president's remarks, health experts and other adminstration leaders provide additional updates.
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