Trump touts coronavirus vaccine efforts, protections for US nursing homes
President Donald Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force provide a July 22, 2020, update on the pandemic and the nation's response to it.
good today, my administration reached a historic agreement with buys ER to produce and deliver 100 million doses of their vaccine immediately following its approval. Hopefully, the approval process will go very quickly and we think we have a winner there. We also think we have other companies right behind that are doing very well in the vaccines long ahead of schedule as part of Operation Warp Speed. This agreement will also ensure that we receive an additional 500 million doses shortly thereafter. This is another crucial step in our effort to develop, manufacture and distribute the vaccine in record breaking time really a very small fraction of the time. Based on previous schedules. I want to thank the FDA. I want to thank everybody involved. It's been an incredible process. As discussed yesterday, the China virus poses the greatest threat to our senior citizens. As we all know, the median age for those who died from the virus is 78 years old and nearly half of the deaths have occurred among those living in nursing homes or long term care facilities. That's really something. In other words, approximately half of the fatalities have occurred among less than 1% of the US population. So think of that less than 1% half of the fatalities. So we know what to look for. From the beginning, we have made it our top priority to shelter our seniors. In early March, we announced guidelines suspending all medically unnecessary visits to nursing homes and prioritized resource is for those facilities, and we gave it a very strong priority. FEMA has sent shipments to many different locations of protective equipment, and it's going directly to 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare certified nursing homes throughout the country. Today, I'd like to provide an update on the additional actions we've been able to take, and they've been very constructive. First, we're requiring increased testing of the nursing home personnel in states where you had the worst outbreaks. All personnel will be tested at the highest level. We're distributing 15,000 rapid point of care diagnostic devices to support this effort. These are the tests where it takes five minutes of 15 minutes of very accurate. They're very good and we're sending them all over the country, and over 600 devices will be also shipped this week. Two additional facilities second, HHS will be distributing an additional $5 billion from the provider relief fund. All nursing homes, nursing homes and higher risk areas will be receiving more funding. This money could be used to address critical needs, including the hiring of additional staff, increasing testing and providing technology support so residents can connect their families and they can connect to their families. They are having a tremendous time. They want to be with their loved ones. They can't do it. So what we're doing is we're working it so that we can connect, have them connect with their families if they're not able to visit. Third, we've been identifying especially high risk nursing homes and sharing that information with the governors so that the governors and their staffs can take appropriate action, were able to find because of the testing programs and other means were able to find certain areas at a very high risk. The governor's can then take action. Additionally, CMS, C D. C and the U. S. Public Health Service are providing enhanced technical assistance and support, including visits to the highest risk nursing homes. And that's their priority right now nursing homes. But the highest risk nursing homes. CMS and CDCR implementing a national training program focused on infection control for those nursing homes that need it most. And we have them surveyed, and we have them mostly pinpointed. Over the past few months, we've created a surveillance system to detect outbreaks, and currently 99% of all nursing homes are reporting directly to it. So we have great data. When a nursing home has three or more cases, we alert the state and make sure that it responds very quickly. We check on it, make sure they respond very quickly. I want to send a message of support and hope to every senior citizen who has been dealing with the struggle of isolation and what should be the golden years of your life. We will get to the other end of that tunnel very quickly. We hope the light is starting to shine. We will get there very quickly, but we send our love. We send a message of love very important. We're with you all the way as far as the outbreak in the Sun Belt, I said yesterday, we continue to vigorously combat the rise of cases in the South and Southwest in the West. We're closely monitoring and aggressively acting to control the infection in Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, Arizona is starting to come down, done a very good job. They're all doing a good job of very talented people. There are likely a number of causes for the spike in infections. Cases started to rise among young American shortly after demonstrations, which you know very well about which presumably triggered a broader relax ation of mitigation efforts. Nation wouldn't of substantial increase in travel also was a cause increased gathering on holidays such as Memorial Day, as well as young people closely congregating at bars and probably other places, maybe beaches. Four or five different listed places we have 12 that are listed on the guide likely Also contributed were also sharing a 2000 mile border with Mexico. As we know very well in cases a surging in Mexico, unfortunately with the president and it's a big problem for Mexico. But cases air surging very sharply and all across the rest of the Western Hemisphere, 257 miles of newly constructed wall along the southern border has had a great positive impact on people coming in and we have record low numbers of people coming in illegally. That's helped greatly. It was really meant for a different purpose, but it worked out very well for what we're doing right down for the pandemic. Nationwide, Beyond the outbreak in several states, cases remain low and very stable. 19 states of positive test rates of less than 5% 8 states of positive test rates of less than 2%. Our nationwide positive test rate is beginning to decline and is currently at 8.8% compared to over 16% at its peak in April. It's coming down, coming down fairly rapidly today. We surpassed first time we surpassed 50 million tests. That's far more than any country in the world. India is second. We believe we think 1.4 billion people. It's about 12 million tests. We have 50 million tests. We're working with every state to ensure the supply of rendez affair for early case intervention and steroid treatment and various other treatments for those that are seriously ill. We're working very closely with hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, everybody. The Rendez Severe has proven to be a terrific our case fatality rate continues to decline that we want to push this rate even lower. The therapeutic research continues daily or new and very promising treatments, including antibody treatments and the use of blood thinners and steroids. A lot of different things are happening and a lot of things air coming out that, uh, we wouldn't have known number of months ago. We're doing tremendously well on therapeutic research and tremendously well in the vaccines and frankly, therapeutically, or maybe a word even beyond that. Word is cure would be the best of all, and we'll see what happens. But that would be great if we could go into the hospital and just cure people and where, uh, at a position were actually able to a certain extent with what we have right now. And we think it a very short period of time will be able to do that. Our strategy is to shelter the highest risk Americans while allowing younger and healthier citizens to return to work or school while being careful and very vigilant. Wear a mask socially distance and repeatedly wash your hands. Practice very, very good sanitary. Uh, means you have to do this. You have to just you have to look at it differently. Wash your hands often. I'm finding more and more. People are saying, Wash your hands So wash your hands. We want young Americans to avoid packed bars and other crowded into our gatherings, and we're all in this together. And as Americans, we're going to get this complete. We're going to do it properly. We've been doing it properly. Sections of the country come up that we didn't anticipate. For instance, Florida, Texas, etcetera. But we're working with very talented people, very brilliant people, and it's all going to work out, and it is working out. So with that, I'll take a few questions, please. Federal agents to various cities mayor of Chicago just moments ago that you're doing this to divert attention from your failures on Corona virus you are only targeting hasn't had that you are only targeting city run by Democrats. Is this just a political stuff? Yeah, the city's, unfortunately, that are in trouble, a role run by Democrats. You have radical left Democrats running cities like Chicago and so many others that we just had a news conference, and unfortunately that's the way it is. I mean, that's the fax when you look at Chicago and you look at the job, Mayor, like food, sent me a letter yesterday, and I think in their own way, they want us to go in. There'll be a time when they're gonna want us to go in full blast. But right now we're sending extra people to help. Were arresting a lot of people that have been very bad as faras the Corona virus. As you say, I think we've done some amazing things, and I think you'll probably see that if you compare our statistics to other countries. And if you look at death rates etcetera, you're going to see and especially into the future with what's happening, you're going to see some very, very impressive numbers for the United States. Mr. President, do you plan to do a national strategy to help schools reopen and we open safely and regarding Children in your family? You're selling your grandchildren? Are you comfortable? Do you plan to have them back in person in school? Yeah, well, I am comfortable with that, and we do have a national strategy, but as you know, ultimately, it's up to the governors of the States I think most governors, many governors, want the schools open. I would like to see the schools open, especially when you see statistics like this. We have great statistics and on young people and on safety. So we would like to see schools open. We want to see the economy open. We just had a report literally as I walked in that we set an all time record on housing. Price increases up. I think they said 21% which is a record. That's never happened before. That's a great sign. We have, Ah, an economy that's gonna be booming. It's going to be a lot of jobs are being produced. The job numbers will be coming out shortly, meaning over the next week or so, and I think it will be a continuation of the last two months. The last two months have been incredible, so I think we're gonna have a great economy. You're gonna have a fantastic next year. I think you're going have a very good third quarter. Actually, where the third quarter numbers come out Interestingly, they will be announced just before the election. They will be announced around November 1st, So, uh, yeah, I would like to see the schools open open 100% and we'll do it safely. We'll do it carefully, but when you look at this distance statistics, I just read having to do with Children and safety there very impressive that very strong immune systems Children go to school, go back to home there with some live with their grandparent's. There's there's a real risk. Would you understand? If so, they say that they don't transmit very easily, and a lot of people are saying they don't transmit. And we're looking at that was studying John very hard, that particular subject, that they don't bring it home with them now. They don't catch it easily. They don't bring it home easily. And if they do catch it, they get better fast. We're looking at that fact that is a factor, and we're looking at that very strongly will be reporting about that over the next week. Please. Three governors today came out with new orders on a mask requirements. Is that something you wish all the governors would do? Well, a lot of the governor's, they have different requirements. Some of the governor's over strong unmasked. Others aren't I think it's really going to ultimately be up to them. We've given him the facts. We've given them everything we know. They have their own facts, summer strong and masks. And as you know, some aren't in the same ballpark. But I think, well, I think all is suggesting if you want to wear a mask, you where I bring one. I have one. I've worn it. And I think when I'm in certain settings, like hospitals and various or when I'm close when you can't socially distance, I believe in it. Let's see, do I? Do I have it? And if if you know in certain in certain instances, I think you're really, uh I think you want to travel with a mess there are instances where you really can use it. I would believe it would be a good thing. DC Mayor Bowser came out such an order today. It, of course, doesn't apply to federal properties. But would you encourage federal properties and including the White House complex to follow the order? Well, we're gonna make a decision over the next 24 hours. We'll let you know what that decision is. Republicans discussing the possibility of extending short term unemployment insurance today so that they prevent benefits from expiring. Well, I think a lot of politicians are discussing that Republicans, Democrats and right now, a lot of my representatives on the hill they're discussing, uh, cares, act or face for whatever you want to call it, and I think ultimately something good will come out of it. The economy is starting to really come back strongly when you look at the numbers, even with the fact that, like California, is still closed up in many big states. And I think the numbers are even more impressive considering that some states, like California big ones are pretty well shut down. So, uh, we expect to have something over a period of time over the appropriate period of time. Thank you to questions Air with Andrew Feinberg and J. C. U 01 is today said you're sending federal law enforcement officers to run cities run by extreme politicians. That's the word you used, which who happened to be all Democrats who have supported black lives, matter protests Americans supported, I said, Democrat politicians, and these are the cities where you have the problem. If you look at Chicago. If you look at Detroit, if you look, I mean, look around any of these cities where we have the problems and we're sending them help. But we're really waiting for them to call for the big help for the big numbers for the large numbers of people that we have. Ready, willing and able. You look at Chicago, where 14 people were shot yesterday, where over the weekend many people died and many people were shot and over the last month, the setting record numbers. We are waiting for the mayor respectfully and other mayors and governors to call us. We are ready, willing and able to go in there with great force. Now. We also have people that are going in and arresting drug dealers, arresting some of the shooters that are doing the shooting. We know who they are. We're working with police forces, and even though in some cases they're told, don't work with the federal government, the police forces have great respect for the federal government what we do. But we're ready, willing and able to go into these cities that are just being decimated with shooting. And we're going to help, please I have a question on crime. But first, I don't think we really got an explanation yesterday. Online health experts are no longer joining you. If these briefings, why? Because they're briefing May I'm meeting them. I just spoke to Dr Fauci. Dr Burke's right outside and the giving me all of everything they know is of as of this point in time, and I'm giving the information to you, and I think it's probably a very concise way of doing it. It seems to be working out very well. Okay, so very much They're very much involved. Very much with the relationships are all very good, all very good. The relationships that we have with the doctors, with everybody working on the virus has been, I think extraordinary. Caylee's here, and I think you would say the same thing. You work with him all the time. You go ahead in 2016. You said it was President Obama's fault that homicides were up in Chicago. So why was that the president's fault then? But it's not your fault. Now. Chicago is a disaster. The mayor is saying, don't come in. The mayor is telling us not to come in At some point we can void that if we have to, but and we may have to accept because it's out of control. I assume she's saying that for political reasons. I think it's negative political reason. She's a She's a Democrat. I'm going to be nice. She's a Democrat. She's making a big mistake. People are dying in Chicago and other cities and we can solve the problem. They have to ask us, but we can solve the problem. President Obama's fault in 2016 President Obama was invited in and he did a poor job. President Obama could have gone into Chicago, He could have solved the problem and he didn't. In our case, they don't want us in. We can solve the problem very easily, were equipped with the best equipment, the best people, and you see what we're doing. I mean, Portland was coming down, it was busting at the seams and we went into protected all the federal buildings, those federal buildings that totally protected. But and we had to do that in Portland's, a very different place in Chicago. But Chicago should be calling us, and so should Philadelphia and Detroit and others to go in and really help them, because when you're losing many people a weekend, many, many people, you see the same numbers as I do. When you losing these people, they should call us, and they should say, Come on in and it's incredible to me but they're not doing it. At some point, they will. At some point, we may have no other choice but to go. And Jeff, are you looking at closing further Chinese embassies in the United States? And did you ask investor Woody Johnson to bring the British Open to your Thornberry or turn very property? And Scott? No, I never spoke to Woody Johnson about that. About Turnberry termers a highly respected courses, you know, one of the best in the world. And, uh, I read I read a story about it today, and I had never I never spoke to what he Johnson about doing that No, as's faras closing additional embassies, it's always possible you see what's going on. We thought there was a fire in the one that we did close and everybody said There's a fire, there's a fire and I guess they were burning documents or burning papers and I wonder what that's all about? Okay, One. Would you like to respond to Joe Biden, who today described you might have heard that as first racist to be elected president does his those his was. It's interesting because we did criminal justice reform. We passed criminal justice reform, something that Obama and Biden were unable to do. We did opportunity cities. We did the greatest. If if you look at what we've done with opportunity zones, nobody's ever even thought of a plan like that prior to the China plague coming in, floating in, coming into our country and really, uh, doing terrible things all over the world doing terrible things. We had the best African American, Hispanic, American, Asian American. Almost every group was the best for unemployment, the unemployment numbers with the best you look at. So you look at employment, you look at opportunity zones and maybe most importantly, you look a criminal justice reform. You look a prison reform. I've done things that nobody else and I've said this and I say it openly and not a lot of people dispute it. I've done more for black Americans than anybody. With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, nobody has even been close. Thank you very much. Everybody