The White House coronavirus task force is set to wind down in the weeks ahead as the administration looks to shift focus from the day-to-day public health response toward an economic reopening of the country. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that there are discussions underway about disbanding the coronavirus task force.
“We’re having conversations about that,” Pence told a group of reporters. “I think we’re having conversations about that and about what the proper time is for the task force to complete its work and for the ongoing efforts to take place on an agency-by-agency level. And we’ve already begun to talk about a transition plan with FEMA.” Pence added, “We’re starting to look at the Memorial Day window, early June window as a time when we could begin to transition back to having our agencies begin to manage — begin to manage our national response in a more traditional manner.”
President Trump has shown an eagerness for the country to get back to work, expressing optimism that the virus can be successfully contained; however the rate of new infections continues to rise in much of the country, even as some early U.S. hotspots have begun to bring the virus under control.
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