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>>> THIS IS AN NBC SPECIAL REPORT HERE IS LESTER HOLT

>> GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE WE'RE COMING ON THE AIR TO BRING YOU A NEWS CONFERENCE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP IN WHICH HE IS EXPECTED TO DECLARE A NATIONAL EMERGENCY TO COMBAT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HERE IS THE PRESIDENT >> BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE ROSE GARDEN APPRECIATE EVERYBODY BEING HERE TODAY I'D LIKE TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON SEVERAL DECISIVE NEW ACTIONS WE'RE TAKING IN OUR VERY VIGILANT EFFORT TO COMBAT AND ULTIMATELY DEFEAT THE CORONAVIRUS

WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD ON THIS WE'VE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS WHEN YOU COMPARE WHAT WE'VE DONE TO OTHER AREAS OF THE WORLD, IT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE A LOT OF THAT HAD TO DO WITH THE EARLY DESIGNATION AND THE CLOSING OF THE BORDERS AND AS YOU KNOW, EUROPE WAS JUST DESIGNATED AS THE HOT SPOT RIGHT NOW AND WE CLOSED THAT BORDER A WHILE AGO

SO THAT WAS LUCKY — THROUGH TALENT OR THROUGH LUCK — CALL IT WHATEVER YOU WANT BUT THROUGH A VERY COLLECTIVE ACTION AND SHARED SACRIFICE, NATIONAL DETERMINATION, WE WILL OVERCOME THE THREAT OF THE VIRUS I ALSO ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY NIGHT, FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF OUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, WE'RE DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB AND WE APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH THAT WE ARE SUSPENDING THE ENTRY OF FOREIGN NATIONALS WHO HAVE BEEN TO EUROPE IN THE LAST 14 DAYS FROM ENTERING THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS, PERMANENT RESIDENTS, AND OUR FAMILIES, ANY OF THE FAMILIES RETURNING FROM EUROPE WILL BE SUBJECT TO EXTRA SCREENING AS WELL AS SELF-ISOLATION FOR A PERIOD OF 14 DAYS AS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CONFIRMED TODAY, MANY OF THE THINGS, WHAT WE SAID WERE 100% CORRECT, INCLUDING OUR DESIGNATION BEFORE THEM OF EUROPE LIKE OUR EARLIER, VERY AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS WITH CHINA, THIS MEASURE WILL SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES

I APPRECIATE THE NUMBER OF THE FOLKS BEHIND ME A NUMBER OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME SAID THAT THAT SAVED A LOT OF LIVES, THAT EARLY DESIGNATION BUT IT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF WHAT WE'RE REALLY DOING AND NOW WE'RE IN A DIFFERENT PHASE WE HAD SOME VERY OLD AND OBSOLETE RULES THAT WE HAD TO LIVE WITH IT WORKED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES BUT NOT UNDER MASS CIRCUMSTANCES

THEY WERE THERE FOR A LONG TIME THEY WERE IN PLACE FOR A LONG TIME AND WE'RE BREAKING THEM DOWN NOW THEY'RE VERY USEABLE FOR CERTAIN INSTANCES BUT NOT FOR THIS TO UNLEASH THE FULL POWER OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN THIS EFFORT TODAY I AM OFFICIALLY DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY

TWO VERY BIG WORDS THE ACTION I AM TAKING WILL OPEN UP ACCESS TO UP TO $50 BILLION OF VERY IMPORTANTLY, VERY IMPORTANT AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR STATES AND TERRITORIES OR LOCALITIES IN OUR SHARED FIGHT AGAINST THIS DISEASE IN FURTHERANCE OF THE ORDER EMERGING EVERY STATE TO SET UP EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY YOU'RE GOING TO BE HEARING FROM SOME OF THE LARGEST COMPANIES AND GREATEST RETAILERS AND MEDICAL COMPANIES IN THE WORLD THEY'RE STANDING RIGHT BEHIND ME AND TO THE SIDE OF ME

I'M ALSO ASKING EVERY HOSPITAL IN THIS COUNTRY TO ACTIVATE ITS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN SO THAT THEY CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF AMERICANS EVERYWHERE THE HOSPITALS ARE VERY ENGAGED NEW YORK AND VARIOUS OTHER PLACES ARE VERY ENGAGED I JUST SPOKE WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO WE HAD A VERY GOOD CONVERSATION

WE'RE WORKING VERY STRONGLY WITH MANY STATES, INCLUDING NEW YORK THE EMERGENCY ORDERS I'M ISSUING TODAY WILL ALSO CONFER BROAD NEW AUTHORITY TO THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THE SECRETARY OF HHS WILL BE ABLE TO IMMEDIATELY WAIVE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS TO GIVE DOCTORS, ALL HOSPITALS, AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY TO RESPOND TO THE VIRUS AND CARE FOR PATIENTS THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CRITICAL AUTHORITIES THE ABILITY TO WAIVE LAWS TO ENABLE TELEHEALTH, A FAIRLY NEW AND INCREDIBLE THING THAT'S HAPPENED IN THE NOT SO DISTANT PAST

I TELL YOU WHAT THEY'VE DONE WITH TELEHEALTH IS INCREDIBLE IT GIVES REMOTE DOCTORS VISITS AND HOSPITAL CHECK-INS THE POWER TO WAIVE CERTAIN FEDERAL LICENSE REQUIREMENTS SO THAT DOCTORS FROM OTHER STATES CAN PROVIDE SERVICES IN STATES WITH THE GREATEST NEED NUMBER TWO, THE ABILITY TO WAIVE REQUIREMENTS THAT CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS LIMIT THE NUMBER OF BEDS TO 25, AND THE LENGTH OF STAY TO 96 HOURS THE ABILITY TO WAIVE THE REQUIREMENTS OF A THREE-DAY HOSPITAL STAY PRIOR TO ADMISSION TO A NURSING HOME, BIG THING THE AUTHORITY TO WAIVE RULES, HOSPITALS' ABILITY TO BRING ADDITIONAL PHYSICIANS ONBOARD OR OBTAIN NEEDED OFFICE SPACE

THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO NOW THEY DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM GETTING IT DONE THE AUTHORITY TO WAIVE RULES THAT SEVERELY RESTRICT WHERE HOSPITALS CAN CARE FOR PATIENTS WITHIN THE HOSPITAL, ITSELF, ENSURING THAT THE EMERGENCY CAPACITY CAN BE QUICKLY ESTABLISHED

WE'LL REMOVE OR ELIMINATE EVERY OBSTACLE NECESSARY TO DELIVER OUR PEOPLE THE CARE THAT THEY NEED AND THAT THEY'RE ENTITLED TO NO RESOURCE WILL BE SPARED NOTHING WHATSOEVER TEN DAYS AGO I BROUGHT TOGETHER THE CEOs OF COMMERCIAL LABS AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND DIRECTED THEM TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN WORKING ON A SOLUTION TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF TESTS

OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE CALLED US AND WORKED WITH US AND THEY ARE DOING SIMILAR TNGS OR WILL BE DOING SIMILAR THINGS AS A RESULT OF THAT ACTION TODAY, WE ARE ANNOUNCING A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO VASTLY INCREASE AND ACCELERATE OUR CAPACITY TO TEST FOR THE CORONAVIRUS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO NEED A TEST CAN GET A TEST VERY SAFELY, QUICKLY, AND CONVENIENTLY BUT WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE A TEST IF — IF WE FEEL THAT THEY SHOULDN'T BE DOING IT WE DON'T WANT EVERYONE RUNNING OUT AND TAKING IT

ONLY IF YOU HAVE CERTAIN SYMPTOMS USING FEDERAL EMERGENCY AUTHORITIES THE FDA APPROVED A NEW TEST FOR THE VIRUS WE DID THIS WITHIN HOURS AFTER RECEIVING THE APPLICATION FROM ROCHE, A PROCESS THAT WOULD NORMALLY TAKE WEEKS WE THEREFORE EXPECT UP TO 500,000 ADDITIONAL TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE EARLY NEXT WEEK WE'LL BE ANNOUNCING LOCATIONS PROBABLY ON SUNDAY NIGHT

I WANT TO THANK ROCHE A GREAT COMPANY FOR THEIR INCREDIBLE WORK I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK THERMAL FISHER THE FDA GOAL IS TO HOPEFULLY AUTHORIZE YOUR APPLICATION WITHIN 24 HOURS

IT'LL GO VERY QUICKLY AND IS GOING VERY QUICKLY IT WILL BRING ADDITIONALLY 14 MILLION TESTS ONBOARD NEXT WEEK AND 5 MILLION WITHIN A MONTH I DOUBT WE'LL NEED ANYWHERE NEAR THAT AT THE SAME TIME WE'VE BEEN IN DISCUSSIONS WITH PHARMACIES AND RETAILERS TO MAKE DRIVE THROUGH TESTS AVAILABLE IN THE CRITICAL LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED BY PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

THE GOAL IS FOR INDIVIDUALS TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE UP AND BE SWABBED WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE YOUR CAR I WANT TO THANK GOOGLE GOOGLE IS HELPING DEVELOP A WEBSITE THAT IS GOING TO BE VERY QUICKLY DONE UNLIKE WEBSITES OF THE PAST TO DETERMINE WHETHER A TEST IS WARRANTED AND TO FACILITATE TESTING AT A NEARBY CONVENIENT LOCATION WE HAVE MANY, MANY LOCATIONS BEHIND US BY THE WAY WE COVER THE — THIS COUNTRY AND LARGE PARTS OF THE WORLD BY THE WAY

WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE WORLD RIGHT NOW BUT WE COVER VERY STRONGLY OUR COUNTRY STORES IN VIRTUALLY EVERY LOCATION GOOGLE HAS 1,700 ENGINEERS WORKING ON THIS RIGHT NOW THEY'VE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS OUR OVER RIDING GOAL IS TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND TO HELP ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS

AGAIN, WE DON'T WANT EVERYBODY TAKING THIS TEST IT IS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY THIS WILL PASS THIS WILL PASS THROUGH AND WE'RE GOING TO BE EVEN STRONGER FOR IT I WANT TO THANK DEBRA BURKS AND ASK HER TO MAYBE COME UP AND SAY A FEW WORDS AS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING

DR BURKS IS A HIGHLY RESPECTED PERSON I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW HER VERY WELL OVER THE LAST SIX DAYS AND WHAT WE'VE DONE IS REBUILT SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY OLD, VERY OLD FASHIONED SOMEWHAT OBSOLETE CERTAINLY OBSOLETE WHEN IT COMES TO THE KIND OF NUMBERS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

>> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF YOU I THINK YOU KNOW AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS EPIDEMIC HHS THROUGH CDC PROACTIVELY DEVELOPED AN ASSAY BUILT ON THE EXISTING FLU SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM IT WAS THEN CONVERTED TO DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM

BUT LAST TUESDAY, SEEING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AROUND THE GLOBE, THE PRESIDENT REALIZED OUR CURRENT APPROACH TO TESTING WAS INADEQUATE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HE ASKED FOR AN ENTIRE OVERHAUL OF THE TESTING APPROACH HE IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE PRIVATE SECTOR LABORATORIES TO THE WHITE HOUSE AS NOTED AND CHARGED THEM WITH DEVELOPING A HIGH QUALITY PLATFORM THAT CAN MEET THE NEEDS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WE ARE GRATEFUL TO LAB CORP AND QUEST FOR TAKING UP THE CHARGE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE MEETING AND WITHIN 72 HOURS BRINGING ADDITIONAL TESTING ACCESS PARTICULARLY TO THE OUTBREAK AREAS OF WASHINGTON STATE AND CALIFORNIA AND NOW ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE ARE ALSO VERY GRATEFUL TO THE UNIVERSITIES AND LARGE HOSPITAL SYSTEMS THAT TOOK UP THE CHARGE TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN QUALITY TESTS MADE AVAILABLE BY NEW FDA GUIDANCE

THIS HAS RESULTED IN EXPANDED TESTING ACROSS NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON, COLORADO, AND YOU SEE SOMETIMES THOSE DRIVE THROUGH OPTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THESE HIGH THROUGHPUT OPTIONS FOLLOWING THE MEETING LAST WEEK MAJOR COMMERCIAL LABORATORY EQUIPMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC COMPANIES TOOK IMMEDIATE ACTION TO ADOPT AND DEVELOP NEW TESTING SYSTEMS LAST NIGHT, THE INITIAL COMPANY, ROCHE, RECEIVED FDA APPROVAL, MOVING FROM REQUEST TO DEVELOPMENT TO APPROVAL IN RECORD TIME THIS INNOVATIVE APPROACH CENTERED FULLY ON UNLEASHING THE POWER OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOCUSING ON PROVIDING CONVENIENT TESTING TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WITHIN SHORT TURN-AROUND TIMES IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TOGETHER, WE HAVE DEVELOPED A SOLUTION THAT WE BELIEVE WILL MEET THE FUTURE TESTING NEEDS OF AMERICANS

I UNDERSTAND HOW DIFFICULT THIS HAS BEEN I WAS PART OF THE HIV/AIDS RESPONSE IN THE '80s WE KNEW FROM FIRST FINDING CASES IN 1981 IT TOOK US TO ALMOST 1985 TO HAVE A TEST IT TOOK US ANOTHER 11 YEARS TO HAVE EFFECTIVE THERAPY IT IS BECAUSE OF THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM THAT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO MOBILIZE AND BRING THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE KEY TO THE HIV RESPONSE TO THIS RESPONSE

I UNDERSTAND THAT A LOT OF THIS BEHIND-THE-SCENES ACTION OVER THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS WAS INVISIBLE TO THE PRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS INTENSE EFFORT HAS NOT ONLY RESULTED IN INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS BUT IN AUTOMATED, HIGH THROUGHPUT SYSTEM BRINGING THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE QUALITY CORONAVIRUS TESTS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AT UNPRECEDENTED SPEED FINALLY, I WANT YOU TO KNOW IN SOUTH KOREA THEY DID HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF TESTS AVAILABLE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS THEIR POSITIVITY RATE IS BETWEEN 3% AND 4% WITH LAB CORP AND QUEST EXPANDED TESTING THEIR POSITIVE DITTY RATE IS BETWEEN 1% AND 2%

WE WANT TO ALSO ANNOUNCE THIS NEW APPROACH TO TESTING, WHICH WILL START IN THE SCREENING WEBSITE, UP HERE, FACILITATED BY GOOGLE, WHERE CLIENTS AND PATIENTS AND PEOPLE OF INTEREST CAN GO, FILL OUT A SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE, MOVE DOWN FOR SYMPTOMS OR RISK FACTORS, YES, THEY WOULD MOVE DOWN THIS AND BE TOLD WHERE THE DRIVETHROUGH OPTIONS WOULD BE FOR THEM TO RECEIVE THIS TEST THE LABS WILL THEN MOVE TO THE HIGH THROUGHPUT, AUTOMATED MACHINES TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE RESULTS IN 24 TO 36 HOURS THAT IS THE INTENT OF THIS APPROACH WE HAVE SEEN IT WORK JUST IN OUR OWN UNITED STATES

AND WE WANT TO BRING THIS ACROSS THE CONTINENT THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> I'D LIKE TO HAVE TONY — I THINK EVERYBODY OUT HERE KNOWS YOU PRETTY WELL BUT TONY HAS BEEN DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB WORKING LONG, LONG HOURS AND YOU'VE SEEN A LOT HAPPEN BUT THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND WORKING WITH YOU HAS BEEN TERRIFIC TONY, PLEASE

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT I HAVE BEEN REFERRING TO IN MY DISCUSSIONS WITH MANY OF YOU IN THE AUDIENCE AS A PROACTIVE LEANING FORWARD, AGGRESSIVE, TRYING TO STAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE AND WHAT YOU'RE SEEING NOW WITH THIS ORDER IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO REMOVE THE CONSTRAINTS SO THAT PEOPLE AT THE STATE, LOCAL LEVEL, THE INDIVIDUAL PHYSICIAN, ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE AS MANY CONSTRAINTS AS POSSIBLE REMOVED FOR THEM TO DO EVERYTHING THEY POSSIBLY CAN SO THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT

THE CONTAINMENT, THE MITIGATION, SO THAT AS I'VE SAID MANY TIMES THAT CURVE THAT I REFERRED TO THAT GOES UP, WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE THAT CURVE WE WANT TO SUPPRESS IT DOWN TO THAT SMALL MOUND AND I THINK WHAT WE'VE DONE TODAY IS SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN HAVING US BE SUCCESSFUL IN DOING THAT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO THERE WILL BE MANY MORE CASES

BUT WE'LL TAKE CARE OF THAT AND ULTIMATELY AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, THIS WILL END BUT WHAT'S GOING ON HERE TODAY IS GOING TO HELP IT TO END SOONER THAN IT WOULD HAVE THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TONY

IF I COULD, SOME OF THESE FOLKS WE KNOW, CELEBRITIES IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, THE BIGGEST BUSINESS PEOPLE, THE GREATEST RETAILERS, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THEM IS DOUG McMILLAN FROM WALMART I'D LIKE TO HAVE DOUG, IF YOU WOULD, SAY A FEW WORDS WHEREVER YOU MAY BE DOUG, PLEASE >> WHEN WE GOT THE CALL YESTERDAY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WE WERE EAGER TO DO OUR PART TO HELP SERVE THE COUNTRY AND GIVEN WHAT WE'RE FACING THAT IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT TO DO

WE SHOULD ALL BE DOING THAT WE'VE BEEN ASKED TO MAKE PORTIONS OF OUR PARKING LOT AVAILABLE IN SELECT LOCATIONS IN THE BEGINNING AND SCALING OVER TIME AS SUPPLY INCREASES SO THAT PEOPLE CAN EXPERIENCE THE DRIVE THROUGH EXPERIENCE THE PRESIDENT DESCRIBED WE'LL STAY INVOLVED IN EVERY WAY WE CAN FROM THE SUPPLY CHAIN POINT TO BE OF ASSISTANCE >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH I'LL STAY RIGHT OVER HERE

RICHARD, IF YOU WOULD COME UP PLEASE WALGREENS >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT SIMILAR TO DOUG AND WALMART WE ARE HAPPY TO STAND IN HERE AND HELP IN COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS AMERICA BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES WHEN WE HAVE NATURAL DISASTERS, OUR STORES ARE A BEACON IN THE COMMUNITY, AND THIS SITUATION IS NO DIFFERENT

SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO PARTNERING WITH THE CDC, THE ADMINISTRATION, HHS, AND THE TASK FORCE AND SPECIFICALLY TO THE VICE PRESIDENT IS DOING SUCH A FANTASTIC JOB WE'RE READY TO ENGAGE >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH BRIAN CORNELL, TARGET THANK YOU, BRIAN >> WELL, MR

PRESIDENT, THANK YOU FOR INVITING US HERE TODAY, ALONG WITH OUR COLLEAGUES FROM WALMART AND WALGREENS AND OUR PARTNERS AT CVS NORMALLY YOU WOULD VIEW US AS COMPETITORS BUT TODAY WE ARE FOCUSED ON A COMMON COMPETITOR AND THAT IS DEFEATING THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO DO OUR FAIR SHARE TO ALLEVIATE THIS GROWING THREAT SO THANK FOR INCLUDING US TODAY IN THE NEAR TERM WE'RE ALL COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE'RE KEEPING OUR STORES OPEN TO SERVE THE AMERICAN CONSUMER WHO IS RAPIDLY STOCKING UP ON HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS, KEY FOOD AND BEVERAGE ITEMS THAT THEY NEED DURING THIS TIME, MAKING SURE WE RUN SAFE STORES, AND CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S SAFE FOR OUR TEAM MEMBERS, MAKING SURE THEY FEEL SUPPORTED DURING THIS VERY CRITICAL TIME THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING US

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH GREAT JOB IS TOM HERE? PLEASE >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT, AS CEO OF BECK AND DICKINSON ONE OF THE LEADING PROVIDERS OF MEDICAL DEVICES AS WELL AS COLLECTION PRODUCTS FOR TESTING OF CORONAVIRUS, WE ARE RAMPING UP OUR MANUFACTURING CAPACITY TO ENSURE THAT THE RIGHT COLLECTION DEVICES AND TESTING EQUIPMENT ARE READY TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE

THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT >> GREAT JOB THANK YOU VERY MUCH STEVEN RATAJKOWSKI, QUEST DIAGNOSTICS

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH AS MENTIONED WE WERE CALLED THROUGH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE VICE PRESIDENT LAST WEEK TO COME TOGETHER AS AN INDUSTRY AND WE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE FDA, TO WORK WITH THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, AND WE ARE UP AND RUNNING WITH TESTS IN A NUMBER OF OUR FACILITIES AS THE PRESIDENT MENTIONED WE NOW HAVE CAPABILITIES FROM ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS WE WILL BRING INTO OUR FACILITIES THIS WEEKEND AND I KNOW, MYSELF, AND US, MY COLLEAGUE AT LAB CORP WILL BE DOING THE SAME SO THE CAPACITY AVAILABLE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO SUPPORT THIS ACTION WITH CONSUMERS WILL BE CONSIDERABLY INCREASED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THANK YOU, MR

PRESIDENT >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH I APPRECIATE IT AND MATT, THANK YOU, MATT, OF ROCHE >> THANK YOU, MR

PRESIDENT SO FROM ROCHE WE WANT TO THANK THE FDA FOR THEIR RAPID APPROVAL OF OUR CORONAVIRUS TEST WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CDC AND FDA TO GET THAT TO MARKET AS FAST AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT IS CRITICAL FOR US TO MAKE THAT AVAILABLE TO HELP PATIENTS IN NEED AND WORKING WITH LABORATORIES TO GET IT UP AND GOING IN THE NEAR FUTURE WHICH WILL BRING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS IN NEED IN THE UNITED STATES THANK YOU >> YOU CAN DO IT

YOU CAN DO IT GREAT COMPANY DAVID PIERRE OF SIGNIFY HEALTH, PLEASE? THANKS >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

WE ARE THE LARGEST HOUSE CALL PROVIDER IN THE US AND WE GO TO THE HOMES OF THE MOST VULNERABLE, ELDERLY, AND THROUGH OUR NETWORK AND OUR LOGISTICS ENGINE WE STAND READY TO HELP AND PROVIDE OUR CLINICIANS TO BE WHERE THEY'RE NEEDED WHETHER IN RETAIL CLINICS OR IN THE HOME AND WE'RE HERE TO ASSIST THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH

WE'LL BE CHANGING A LOT OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR FUTURE SHOULD THIS HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE WE'RE HOPING IT NEVER HAPPENS BUT IT WILL, THERE ARE SOME BAD ONES OVER THE YEARS AND I GUESS THAT'LL CONTINUE TO AN EXTENT BUT WE HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE CHANGING A LOT OF THE OLD RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS AND REGULATIONS ADAM SHECHTER, WHO'S REALLY BEEN OF TREMENDOUS HELP, LAB CORP, PLEASE? ADAM? >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT AT LAB CORP WE'RE WORKING EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TESTS THAT WE CAN RUN

WE'RE WORKING WITH ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTERS, WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AT QUEST, WITH OTHER HOSPITAL AND OTHER LABORATORIES TO ENSURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO INCREASE THE TESTING AS WE MOVE FORWARD I CAN TELL YOU WE UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THE TESTING IS AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE >> THANK YOU GREAT JOB THANK YOU

THOMAS MORIARITY, CVS WE ALL KNOW CVS THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSED SINCE THE START OF MAKING SURE OUR PATIENTS AND THE CUSTOMERS WE SERVE HAVE THE INFORMATION AND SAFETY THEY NEED WE ARE COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO MAKE THIS WORK AS WELL AND THANK YOU, SIR, FOR THE HONOR >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> THANKS

>> GREAT JOB AND BRUCE GREENSTEEN, LHC GROUP, TREMENDOUSLY TALENTED PEOPLE THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> MR PRESIDENT, THANK YOU FOR THE HONOR OF BEING HERE

THE HOME HEALTH INDUSTRY HAS BEEN TREATING PATIENTS AND SENIORS IN THE SAFETY AND COMFORT OF THEIR OWN HOME FOR DECADES WE'RE VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF THE EQUATION FOR TESTING IN THEIR OWN HOME FOR AMERICANS THAT CAN'T GET TO A TEST SITE OR LIVE IN RURAL AREAS FAR AWAY FROM THE RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT, WE'RE HERE TO HELP TO PARTNER WITH HOSPITALS AND PHYSICIANS AS WELL AS PEOPLE WE HAVE HERE TODAY DOING TESTING AROUND THE COUNTRY THANK YOU >> PRACTICE THAT

>> OKAY I LIKE THAT THAT'S GOOD ALSO ANNOUNCING THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ACTIONS TODAY TO HELP OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES I'VE WAIVED INTEREST ON ALL STUDENT LOANS HELD BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND THAT WILL BE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

THAT'S A BIG THING FOR A LOT OF STUDENTS THAT ARE LEFT IN THE MIDDLE RIGHT NOW MANY OF THOSE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED BASED ON THE PRICE OF OIL, I'VE ALSO INSTRUCTED THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY TO PURCHASE AT A VERY GOOD PRICE LARGE QUANTITIES OF CRUDE OIL FOR STORAGE IN THE US STRATEGIC RESERVE

WE'RE GOING TO FILL IT RIGHT UP TO THE TOP SAVING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, HELPING OUR OIL INDUSTRY AND MAKING US EVEN FURTHER TOWARD THAT WONDERFUL GOAL WHICH WE'VE ACHIEVED WHICH NOBODY THOUGHT WAS POSSIBLE OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE IT PUTS US IN A POSITION THAT IS VERY STRONG AND WE'RE BUYING IT AT THE RIGHT PRICE AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN POSSIBLE A WEEK AGO THE PRICE OF OIL WENT DOWN QUITE A BIT SO WE'RE GOING TO FILL IT UP THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO FILL IT UP

LIKE TO ASK MIKE PENCE TO SAY A FEW WORDS, PLEASE, VP >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT IT IS — THIS DAY SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO EVERY AMERICAN

BECAUSE THANKS TO YOUR LEADERSHIP, FROM EARLY ON, NOT ONLY ARE WE BRINGING THE WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO CONFRONTING THE CORONAVIRUS, WE'RE BRINGING AN ALL OF AMERICA APPROACH MR PRESIDENT, FROM EARLY ON YOU TOOK DECISIVE ACTION YOU SUSPENDED ALL TRAVEL FROM CHINA, YOU CREATED TRAVEL ADVISORIES, SOUTH KOREA AND ITALY, WE SCREENED ALL TRAVELERS FROM ALL AIRPORTS IN BOTH OF THOSE COUNTRIES AND ON THE UNANIMOUS RECOMMENDATION OF YOUR HEALTH EXPERTS, YOU AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT WILL EFFECTIVELY SUSPEND ALL TRAVEL FROM EUROPE AND AMERICANS THAT WERE RETURNING WILL BE SCREENED AND ASKED TO VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATE IN A 14-DAY QUARANTINE

THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, MR PRESIDENT, YOU'VE PUT THE HEALTH OF AMERICA FIRST BUT YOU'VE BROUGHT THE BEST OF AMERICA TO ADDRESS IT IT'S NOT JUST AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AS YOU SAID, MR

PRESIDENT, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WE ISSUED BROAD GUIDELINES FOR EVERY AMERICAN BUT THIS WEEK AT YOUR DIRECTION WE TAILORED SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CDC FOR NEW YORK, WASHINGTON STATE, CALIFORNIA, MASSACHUSETTS, AND FLORIDA AND WE'VE BEEN IN CONTINUOUS CONTACT, AS YOU SAID, WITH GOVERNORS AROUND THE COUNTRY MR PRESIDENT, YOU HAVE FORGED A SEAMLESS PARTNERSHIP WITH EVERY STATE AND EVERY TERRITORY IN THIS COUNTRY TO PUT THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION FIRST

BUT TODAY I TRUST THAT PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT ARE LOOKING ON AT THIS EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF TESTING WITH PARTICULAR INSPIRATION AFTER YOU TAPPED ME TO LEAD THE WHITE HOUSE CORONA TASK FORCE, MR PRESIDENT, YOU SAID, THIS IS ALL HANDS ON DECK AND YOU DIRECTED US TO IMMEDIATELY REACH OUT TO THE AMERICAN BUSINESS SECTOR, COMMERCIAL LABS, TO MEET WHAT WE KNEW THEN WOULD BE THE NEED FOR TESTING ACROSS THE SPECTRUM AND TODAY WITH THIS HISTORIC PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION TO MEET THAT NEED

FOR AMERICANS LOOKING ON, BY THIS SUNDAY EVENING WE'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE SPECIFIC GUIDANCE ON A — ON WHEN THE WEBSITE WILL BE AVAILABLE YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE AS THE PRESIDENT SAID YOU TYPE IN YOUR SYMPTOMS AND YOU'LL BE GIVEN DIRECTION WHETHER OR NOT A TEST IS INDICATED THEN AT THE SAME WEBSITE YOU'LL BE DIRECTED TO ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE COMPANIES THAT ARE GOING TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF THEIR PARKING LOT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN COME BY AND DO A DRIVE BY TEST MR

PRESIDENT, I WANT TO JOIN YOU IN THANKING WALMART AND CVS AND TARGET AND WALGREEN THESE ARE COMPANIES THAT ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH COMMUNITIES, LARGE AND SMALL, WHERE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER AND NOW THEY'RE GOING TO COME TOGETHER TO MEET THE NEED OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THESE COMMERCIAL LABORATORIES, LABCORP AND QUEST AND ROCHE HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB STEPPING FORWARD AND ARE GOING TO LITERALLY MAKE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TESTS AVAILABLE AND BEING PROCESSED WITH RESULTS TO PATIENTS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE BUT IT'S ALL A RESULT OF YOU TASKING US WITH BRINGING TOGETHER, NOT JUST GOVERNMENT RESOURCES WHICH ALL STATE LABS CAN NOW TEST ACROSS THE COUNTRY, CDC IS TESTING BUT YOU SAID, MR

PRESIDENT, WE WANTED TO BRING ALL OF THE RESOURCES OF THE COUNTRY TOGETHER AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PARTNERSHIP REALLY MEANS THE TRUTH IS THAT WE HAVE CORONAVIRUS CASES NOW IN 46 AMERICAN STATES WHILE THE RISK OF SERIOUS ILLNESS OF THE CORONAVIRUS REMAINS LOW, WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERY AMERICAN TO PRACTICE COMMON SENSE, PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE, GO TO THE CDC'S WEBSITE TO SEE WHAT THE GUIDANCE IS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY OR FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BROADLY AND AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT NOW THAT WE LOOK AFTER SENIOR CITIZENS WITH CHRONIC, UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS LAST WEEK THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED THE CENTER FOR MEDICAID AND MEDICARE SERVICES TO RAISE THE STANDARDS IN OUR NURSING HOMES, INCREASE INSPECTIONS AT OUR NURSING HOMES

AND TODAY WE'RE OFFERING VERY SPECIFIC GUIDANCE, WHICH WE'LL ARTICULATE ABOUT VISITATIONS AT NURSING HOMES IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THEY WERE THERE FOR US WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP, MR PRESIDENT THEY HELPED US WITH OUR HOMEWORK THEY TUCKED US IN AT NIGHT

THEY CHEERED US ON AS WE PURSUED EDUCATION, CHEERED US ON IN OUR CAREERS NOW IT'S TIME FOR US TO BE THERE FOR THEM AND TO RECOGNIZE THAT SENIORS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE AND AMERICANS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE SO WASH YOUR HANDS, USE COMMON SENSE, LOOK AFTER THE MOST VULNERABLE, AND, MR PRESIDENT, I KNOW I JOIN YOU IN SAYING THAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS INCREDIBLE PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THAT'S GOING TO BE SPEEDING ACCESS OF TESTING TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN THE WEEKS AHEAD AND TOGETHER, AS YOU'VE SAID MANY TIMES, TOGETHER WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS

TOGETHER WE'LL PUT THE HEALTH OF AMERICA FIRST >> I'D LIKE YOU TO MAYBE TAKE THAT A STEP FURTHER PLEASE ON NURSING HOMES? THANKS >> THANK YOU TO THE PRESIDENT FOR THE DECLARATION IT ALLOWS MY AGENCY CMS THAT RUNS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND HAS OVERSIGHT OF ALL OF THE NATION'S HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, TO SUSPEND REGULATIONS THAT COULD GET IN THE WAY OF TREATING PATIENTS DURING THIS TIME THESE TEMPORARY NATIONAL BLANKET WAIVERS ARE RESERVED FOR THE RAREST OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND THEY REPRESENT A MASSIVE MOBILIZATION OF OUR COUNTRY'S RESOURCES TO COMBAT THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS

THE FLEXIBILITY WE ARE OFFERING WILL BE A GOD SEND TO THE PROVIDERS, CLINICIANS, AND FACILITIES ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS FIGHT LATER CMS IS GOING TO BE ISSUING GUIDANCE DIRECTING NURSING HOMES TO TEMPORARILY RESTRICT ALL VISITORS AND NONESSENTIAL PERSONNEL WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS SUCH AS END OF LIFE SITUATIONS WE FULLY APPRECIATE THAT THIS MEASURE REPRESENTS A SEVERE TRIAL FOR RESIDENTS OF NURSING HOMES AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM WE ARE DOING WHAT WE MUST TO PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE ELDERLY THANK YOU

>> AS I SAID IN MY ADDRESS TO THE NATION THE OTHER NIGHT, ALL AMERICANS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN DEFEATING THIS VIRUS OUR MOST EFFECTIVE WEAPON RIGHT NOW IS TO LIMIT THE DAMAGE TO OUR PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY AND SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, ITSELF THE CHOICE WE MAKE, THE PRECAUTIONS WE PUT INTO PLACE, ARE CRITICAL TO OVERCOMING THE VIRUS, REDUCING ITS SPREAD, AND SHORTENING THE DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC, WHICH IS WHAT IT IS THE CDC HAS PUBLISHED GUIDELINES ON THE CORONAVIRUSGOV TO ENABLE — IT'S CORONAVIRUS

GOV AND ITCORONAVIRUSGOV IT'S VERY HEAVILY USED RIGHT NOW, I WILL SAY, TO ENABLE EVERY AMERICAN TO RESPOND TO THIS EPIDEMIC AND PROTECT THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES WHILE THE RISKS TO YOUNG AND HEALTHY AMERICANS REMAINS VERY LOW WE'VE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THIS OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS

ANYONE CAN BE A CARRIER FOR THE VIRUS AND RISK TRANSMISSION TO OLDER AMERICANS AND THOSE WHO UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS AND THOSE WHO ARE MOST AT RISK, THEY'VE NOT DONE VERY WELL, OLDER AMERICANS WHO ARE — ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE A HEALTH PROBLEM THEY HAVE NOT DONE WELL WE MUST TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS THAT WE TAKE AND WE SEE OTHER PEOPLE TAKE WE WANT TO PREVENT THE SPREAD AND TRANSMISSION OF THE DISEASE IT'S INCREDIBLE WHAT SPORTS — WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE SPORTING WORLD WHERE SO MANY OF THE GREAT SPORTS WE'VE GOTTEN SO USED TO THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE MEETING AND THEY'VE DONE A GREAT SERVICE ACTUALLY BY THAT

ANOTHER WAY PROBLEMS COULD BE CAUSED BUT THIS IS WHY I OUTLINED ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT MY ADMINISTRATION, THE FACT WE ISSUED A REQUIREMENT SUSPENDING ALL MEDICALLY UNNECESSARY VISITS TO VARIOUS PLACES BUT IN PARTICULAR NURSING HOMES WE SHOULD ALL BE WORKING OFF THE SAME PLAYBOOK WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING AMERICANS, WE HAVE TO WE NEED TO BE CONSISTENT ADOPTING MEASURES AND THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS THE VIRUS IS THE SAME WHETHER IT'S SPREADING IN CITIES, TOWNS OR RURAL COMMUNITIES

THE TOOLS AND TACTICS FOR ATTACKING IT ARE SIMILAR NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO YOU HAVE HOT SPOTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD RIGHT NOW THAT PEOPLE WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE AND THEY'RE BEING VERY SERIOUSLY AFFECTED AMONG THESE EFFORTS ARE BREAKING CHAINS OF TRANSMISSION BETWEEN PEOPLE THESE MEASURES BEING ADOPTED BY MANY COMPANIES, UNIVERSITIES AND SCHOOLS

WE WANT TO PROTECT THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR STUDENTS I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES WE ISSUE BY THE CDC AND COMMON SENSE MEASURES A LOT OF IT IS COMMON SENSE FOR THE AREAS WHERE THE VIRUS IS SPREADING, THE CDC IS ADVISING COMMUNITIES TO POSTPONE LARGE GATHERINGS, POSTPONE ASSEMBLIES, SOCIAL FUNCTIONS AND SPORTING EVENTS, STAGGER RECESS AND LUNCH FOR SCHOOLS THAT ARE NOT CANCELED, LIMIT IN-PERSON MEETINGS, CANCEL WORK-SPONSORED TRAVEL AMONG NUMEROUS OTHER STEPS THAT COULD BE TAKEN

AMERICANS ARE THE STRONGEST AND MOST RESILIENT PEOPLE ON EARTH AND IN THE COMING WEEKS, WE WILL ALL HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES AND SACRIFICES BUT THESE SHORT-MATERIAL SACRIFICES WILL PRODUCE LONG-TERM GAIN AGAIN, I'VE SAID WE'RE LEARNING A LOT FOR THE FUTURE, AND FUTURE PROBLEMS LIKE THIS OR WORSE OR WORSE COULD GET WORSE

THE NEXT EIGHT WEEKS ARE CRITICAL WE CAN LEARN AND WE WILL TURN A CORNER ON THIS VIRUS SOME OF THE DOCTORS SAY IT WILL WASH THROUGH IT WILL FLOW THROUGH INTERESTING TERMS

AND VERY ACCURATE, I THINK, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND IN A NUMBER OF WEEKS IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY ACCURATE TERM IN TIMES OF HARDSHIP THE TRUE CHARACTER OF AMERICA ALWAYS SHINES THROUGH WE LIVE IN THE COMPANY OF THE GREATEST HEROES AND MOST ASPIRING CITIZENS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WE WANT TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE

WE WANT TO DRAW ON THE STRENGTH OF OUR HISTORY, DRAW ON THE STRENGTH OF OUR PEOPLE, AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS ALL TOGETHER WE WILL JUST GET THROUGH IT SO MUCH PROGRESS HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE FRANKLY, THE NUMBERS BECAUSE OF THE STEPS THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN ARE AT A LEVEL THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU COMPARE THEM WITH OTHER PLACES

FAR, SMALLER POPULATIONS THE SPIRIT OF THE WILL OF OUR NATION IS UNBREAKABLE WE WILL DEFEAT THIS THREAT WHEN AMERICA IS TESTED, AMERICA RISES TO THE OCCASION TO THOSE FAMILIES AND CITIZENS WHO ARE WORRIED AND CONCERNED FOR THEMSELVES AND YOUR LOVED ONE, WE WANT YOU TO KNOW YOUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL UNLEASH EVERY TOOL AT ITS DISPOSAL TO SAFEGUARD THE LIVES AND HEALTH OF OUR PEOPLE

SO WE'RE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY NO NATION IS MORE PREPARED OR MORE EQUIPPED TO FACE DOWN THIS CRISIS AS YOU KNOW, WE'RE RATED NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD WE'RE ALSO HELPING OTHER NATIONS, MANY OTHER NATIONS, WE'RE HELPING THEM A LOT AND THEY'RE DOING OKAY IN SOME CASES AND IN SOME CASES THEY'RE NOT DOING WELL AT ALL BUT WE'RE WORKING WITH A LOT OF GROUPS OF PEOPLE AND A LOT OF OTHER NATIONS

WITH FAITH AND HEART AND HOPE AND LOVE AND DETERMINATION, WE WILL SUCCEED, WE WILL PREVAIL, WE WILL BE VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL AND WE'LL LEARN FOR THE FUTURE THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, WE CAN TAKE SOME JOHN, PLEASE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK SOME OF THE FOLKS UP HERE, IT WOULD BE TYPE

>> MR PRESIDENT, WHERE ARE YOU WITH THE HOUSE BILL? YESTERDAY WE TALKED TO YOU IN THE OVAL OFFICE, YOU WERE OPPOSED TO IT WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE THEN, AND WHAT'S THE HOLDUP ON THAT? >> WE JUST DON'T THINK THEY'RE GIVING ENOUGH WE DON'T THINK THE DEMOCRATS ARE GIVING UP WE'RE NEGOTIATING

WE THOUGHT WE HAD SOMETHING AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY DIDN'T AGREE TO CERTAIN THINGS THAT THEY AGREED TO SO WE COULD HAVE SOMETHING BUT WE DON'T THINK THEY'RE GIVING ENOUGH THEY'RE NOT DOING WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE COUNTRY >> IF I CAN ASK DR FAUCI

>> GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> YOU JUST MENTIONED WAIVING INTEREST FOR STUDENT LOANS, TALKED ABOUT BUYING OIL FROM THE FBR WHAT OTHER SPECIFIC TARGETED MEASURES IS YOUR ADMINISTRATION THINKING ABOUT TAKING? TREASURY SECRETARY STEVE MNUCHIN SAID WE'RE JUST IN THE SECOND INNING OF THINGS WE MIGHT GO THROUGH? >> YES, IT IS AND SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT WIDELY BUT WE WILL BE RELEASING A PAPER IN ABOUT TWO HOURS STATING QUITE A FEW OTHER STEPS, VERY IMPORTANT ONES PLEASE, GO AHEAD

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR PRESIDENT I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH THE BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT AFTER MAYBE OF HIS DELEGATION, WHO WAS WITH YOU SATURDAY, HAS TESTED POSITIVE? AND I WANT TO ASK ANOTHER QUESTION, IF YOU WILL LET ME, SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM AND SENATOR RICK SCOTT ARE SELF-ISOLATING ARE YOU PLANNING TO TAKE ANY KIND OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE TO PROTECT YOU AND ALSO YOUR STAFF WHO WERE THERE WITH HIM? >> NO, WE HAVE NO SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER AND WE HAVE — WE HAD A GREAT MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF BRAZIL, BOLSONARO

GREAT GUY VERY TREMENDOUS HE'S DOING A FANTASTIC JOB FOR BRAZIL AS YOU KNOW, HE TESTED NEGATIVE, MEANING NOTHING WRONG THIS MORNING AND WE GOT THAT WORD TOO

BECAUSE WE DID HAVE DINNER WITH HIM WE WERE SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME >> ARE YOU IN CONTACT WITH HIM OVER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS? >> NO, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT COUNTRY TO COUNTRY BUT WE DID DISCUSS IF HE HAD A PROBLEM IT WAS REPORTED THAT HE MAY HAVE IT AND HE DOESN'T, FORTUNATELY >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR

PRESIDENT DR FAUCI SAID EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT THE LAG IN TESTING WAS IN FACT A FAILING DO YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT? AND WHEN CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN WHO NEEDS A TEST WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE A TEST? WHAT'S THE DATE OF THAT? >> NO, I DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL BECAUSE WE WERE GIVEN A SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND WE WERE GIVEN RULES, REGULATIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS FROM A DIFFERENT TIME IT WASN'T MEANT FOR THIS KIND OF EVENT WITH THE KIND OF NUMBERS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

AND WHAT WE'VE DONE IS REDESIGNED IT VERY QUICKLY WITH THE HELP OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME, AND WE'RE NOW IN VERY, VERY STRONG SHAPE I THINK WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING AS I SAID SUNDAY NIGHT AND THIS WILL START VERY QUICKLY WE WILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO IN THE MILLIONS OVER A VERY, VERY QUICK PERIOD OF TIME SO NO, AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE AND WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE LEAVING A VERY INDELIBLE PRINT FOR THE FUTURE IN CASE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS AGAIN AND THAT'S NOT THE FAULT OF ANYBODY

FRANKLY, THE OLD SYSTEM WORKED VERY WELL FOR SMALLER NUMBERS, MUCH SMALLER NUMBERS, BUT NOT FOR THESE KINDS OF NUMBERS >> MR PRESIDENT — >> BY SUNDAY NIGHT WILL EVERY AMERICAN BE ABLE TO GET A TEST? >> JUST TO REITERATE WHAT I SAID TO MANY OF YOU MULTIPLE TIMES, IT IS THE SYSTEM — IT WAS NOT DESIGNED, FOR WHAT IT WAS DESIGNED FOR, IT WORKED VERY WELL THE CDC DESIGNED A GOOD SYSTEM IF YOU WANT TO GET THE KIND OF BLANKET TESTING AVAILABILITY THAT ANYBODY CAN GET IT OR EVEN DO SURVEILLANCE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE PENETRATANCE IS, YOU HAVE TO EMBRACE THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SEEING BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT IT

WHEN I SAID THAT I MEANT THE SYSTEM WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR WHAT WE NEED NOW LOOKING FORWARD, THE SYSTEM WILL TAKE CARE OF IT >> MR PRESIDENT — >> INTERESTINGLY, IF YOU GO BACK, PLEASE, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE SWINE FLU, IT WAS NOTHING LIKE THIS THEY DIDN'T DO TESTING LIKE THIS

ACTUALLY, THEY HAD LOST APPROXIMATELY 14,000 PEOPLE AND THEY DIDN'T DO THE TESTING THEY STARTED THINKING ABOUT TESTING WHEN IT WAS FAR TOO LATE WHAT WE'VE DONE — AND ONE OF THE REASONS I THINK PEOPLE ARE RESPECTING WHAT WE'VE DONE, WE'VE DONE IT VERY EARLY WE'VE GOTTEN IT VERY EARLY AND WE'VE ALSO KEPT A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT

>> MR PRESIDENT, THE LAST ADMINISTRATION SAID THEY TESTED A MILLION PEOPLE AT THIS POINT >> THE SWINE FLU WAS A DISASTER NEXT, PLEASE >> YOU HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT THREE YEARS — >> THEY HAD A VERY BIG FAILURE WITH SWINE FLU

VERY BIG FAILURE >> MR PRESIDENT, I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE EUROPEAN TRAVEL BAN THAT GOES INTO EFFECT AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AND THE EXEMPTION YOU OFFERED TO THE UKMENT THERE ARE 17 COUNTRIES IN THE SO-CALLED SJENGEN ZONE THAT HAVE FEWER CASES THAN THE UK AND JUST IN THE PAST 24 HOURS, THE UK HAS ADDED 208 CORONAVIRUS CASES TO THEIR TOTAL WHY DO THEY, MR PRESIDENT, DESERVE AN EXEMPTION? AND WOULD YOU CONSIDER ADDING THEM TO THE TRAVEL BAN LIST? >> THAT WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME BY A GROUP OF PROFESSIONALS AND WE ARE LOOKING AT IT BASED ON THE NEW NUMBERS THAT ARE COMING OUT

WE MAY HAVE TO INCLUDE THEM IN THE LIST OF COUNTRIES THAT WE WILL — YOU CAN SAY BAN OR WHATEVER IT IS, DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME BUT THE NUMBERS HAVE GONE UP FAIRLY PRECIPITOUSLY OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS SO WE MAY BE ADDING THAT AND WE MAY BE ADDING A COUPLE OTHERS WE MAY FRANKLY START THINKING ABOUT TAKING SOME OFF

>> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT YOU HAVE MENTIONED THE NUMBER IN CHINA HAS BEEN DECREASED AND CHINA HAS MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN THE PAST WEEK >> TRUE >> I'M WONDERING HOW MUCH CONFIDENCE DOES THIS GIVE YOU TO CONTROL THE VIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES? AND DO YOU SEE THE DATA TRYING TO BE SHARED WITH YOU IN THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN HELPFUL? >> I THINK IT HAS BEEN HELPFUL

WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY MUCH WITH CHINA I HAVE SPOKEN, AS YOU KNOW, WITH PRESIDENT XI THEY WENT THROUGH HELL AND THEIR NUMBERS ARE STARTING TO LOOK VERY GOOD THEY REALLY ARE LOOKING VERY GOOD WE'RE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT

WE ARE SHARING DATA, YES IN FACT, WE'RE SHARING QUITE A BIT OF DATA, INCLUDING THE FACT SOME OF OUR PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE WORKING OVER THERE RIGHT NOW WITH LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE GO AHEAD, CHRIS >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

YOU SPOKE WITH CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU YESTERDAY >> YES >> DID YOU DISCUSS THE POTENTIAL CLOSING OF THE BORDER BETWEEN CANADA AND THE US? AND BY EXTENSION, ARE Y CONSIDERING WAYS TO SALVAGE THE $2 BILLION DALE YEAH TRADE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES? >> SO WE DIDN'T DISCUSS THE BORDER

WE HAD A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP JUST ABOUT FINISHED WITH THE USMCA ACTUALLY, HE CALLED TO TELL ME THAT I THINK IT WAS THE PRIMARY REASON FOR THE CALL AT THE TIME HIS WIFE HAD NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED

SHE'S A LOVELY LADY, WONDERFUL LADY, GREAT LADY AND SINCE THEN I HAVE HEARD, READ THAT THE RESULT WAS THAT SHE HAS IT AND I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED I THINK HE WAS SURPRISED ALSO WE DID DISCUSS IT PRIOR TO

SHE'S GOING TO BE FINE BUT HE THOUGHT THAT SHE WOULD NOT MOST LIKELY HAVE THE VIRUS UNFORTUNATELY, SHE DOES BUT WE DIDN'T DISCUSS THE BORDER YESTERDAY, NO GO AHEAD, PLEASE

>> IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR THESE GREAT GENIUSES UP HERE, YOU SHOULD — EVEN A BUSINESS QUESTION, RERELATE IT TO WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT >> MR PRESIDENT, AS A RELATIVELY NEW FLORIDIAN, WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE TODAY TO THE CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY AND TRAVEL INDUSTRY FLORIDA DEPENDS UPON? AND SINCE SENATOR RICK SCOTT AND MIAMI-DADE MAYOR CARLOS AMENZOUS HAVE THE SAME EXPOSURE TO YOU AND THEY'RE SELF-ISOLATING, WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE TO THEM, THAT YOU SHOULDN'T BE? >> I DON'T KNOW THAT I HAVE EXPOSURE BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS AND WE HAVE A WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR — I SHOULD SAY MANY WHITE HOUSE DOCTORS, FRANKLY I ASKED THEM THAT SAME QUESTION AND THEY SAID YOU DON'T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER

WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS TO GO AND DO THE TEST THE TEST IS NOT INSIGNIFICANT AS FAR AS THE CRUISE LINE BUSINESS, WE'RE WITH THEM ALL THE WAY IT'S A GREAT BUSINESS IT'S A GREAT U

S BUSINESS, FRANKLY AND I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEY ARE TO THE COUNTRY THAT INCLUDES AIRLINES BUT THE CRUISE LINE BUSINESS WAS OBVIOUSLY HIT VERY HARD

WE HAD A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS OUT IN OAKLAND WHERE WE MOVED, VICE PRESIDENT PENCE DID A FANTASTIC JOB WITH THAT WE WORKED WITH THE UK WE WORKED WITH CANADA THEY TOOK THEIR PEOPLE BACK TO CANADA, AND THE UK LIKEWISE TOOK A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BACK TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WE HAD PEOPLE QUARANTINED

IT WAS A BIG OPERATION AND IT WORKED OUT — YOU DON'T HEAR ABOUT IT ANYMORE, IT, WOULDED OUT REALLY WELL MIKE, YOU MAYBE WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THAT THAT WAS REALLY DONE PROPERLY >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT

AND THAT PROGRAM, "GRAND PRINCESS" SHIP, IS CONTINUING TO BE ADMINISTERED IN THE HIGHEST STANDARDS, ORDERLY WAY, AS THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED AMERICANS THAT NEEDED TREATMENT HAVE RECEIVED THEM I SPOKE TO THE GOVERNOR OF IOWA TODAY AND SOME OF THOSE WHO NOW HAVE BEEN CLEARED ARE ABLE IN PROPER SUPERVISION TO BE RETURNING TO IOWA AND THEY'RE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO DO THAT OTHERS IN TEXAS — OTHERS IN GEORGIA, AGAIN, ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY COOPERATION, GOVERNOR ABBOTT, GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM, GOVERNOR BRYANT KEMP OF GEORGIA BUT TO ADD TO THAT, THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED ME LAST SATURDAY TO TRAVEL DOWN TO MIAMI

WE MET WITH ALL OF THE LEADERS OF THE CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY SEVERAL CRUISE LINES HAVE ANNOUNCED A 60-DAY PAUSE IN OPERATIONS OUR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS PRAISED THEM FOR DOING THAT BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE HEALTH CHALLENGES PARTICULARLY PRESENTED TO SENIORS WHO HAVE UNDERLYING CONDITIONS WE HAVE A PROPOSAL FROM THE CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY, BUT THEY ARE CURRENTLY CONSIDERING WHAT OTHER STEPS THAT THEY MIGHT TAKE, PERHAPS EVEN SIMILAR TO WHAT THOSE OTHER LINES HAVE TAKEN WE'RE ANTICIPATING SOME RESPONSE ON THAT IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS

BUT AS THE PRESIDENT SAID, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CHERISH OUR CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK ON THE SHIPS, MEN AND WOMEN WHO WORK ON THE SHORE, ALL OF THE ECONOMIES THAT ARE SO BENEFITED BY A VIBRANT CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY, WHAT THE PRESIDENT'S DIRECTED US TO DO IS WHETHER THERE'S A PAUSE IN THE MOMENT AS SOME CRUISE LINES ARE DOING AND AS WE ALL CONTINUE TO DISCUSS, WE WANT TO WORK WITH THE CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY TO ENSURE THAT WHEN WE COME THROUGH THIS, THAT CRUISE LINES AND MEDICAL SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE AND FOR THE PASSENGERS AND ALL OF THE CREW, THE CRUISE LINES ARE SAFER THAN EVER BEFORE AND CAN PROSPER FOR MANY YEARS TO COME >> GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> THIS QUESTION IS FOR DOCTORS FAUCI AND BURKE DR

FAUCI, BASED ON WHAT YOU CURRENTLY KNOW, WHAT IS THE TRAJECTORY FOR WHEN THIS OUTBREAK WILL PEAK? HOW LONG WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE TO REMAIN ON THIS EMERGENCY FOOTING? AND FOR DR BURKE, AS THE ADMINISTRATION TRIES TO GET ITS ARMS AROUND THIS TEST KIT SHORTAGE ISSUE, THE NEXT GLARING NEED COULD BE RESPIRATORS AND RELATED HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATION DOING RIGHT NOW TO MANY RAP UP PRODUCTION OF RESPIRATORS AND THAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT SHOULD THIS OUTBREAK PERSIST? >> SO WHEN YOU HAVE AN OUTBREAK LIKE THIS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU'RE TRYING TO INTERFERE WITH IT, IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT THE TIME ELEMENT OF WHEN IT'S GOING TO PEAK AND WHEN IT'S NATURALLY GOING TO GO DOWN IF YOU LOOK AT THE SITUATION WHERE COUNTRIES REALLY DID NOT GET TO THE POINT OF TRYING TO CONTAIN AND MITIGATE VERY WELL, YOU SEE A PEAK OVER SEVERAL WEEKS AND THEN DOWN AGAIN OTHER SEVERAL WEEKS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO WITH THE EFFORTS THAT WE'RE DOING IS BLUNT THAT PEAK

I MENTIONED IT MANY TIMES, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT AND APPROPRIATE TO MENTION IT AGAIN BECAUSE IT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PREVENTING INFECTIONS FROM WITHOUT IN, WHICH IS THE KIND OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, HOW DO YOU HANDLE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR COUNTRY? YOU CONTINUE SOME SORT OF CONTAINMENT BUT YOU ALSO DO MITIGATION AND YOU TRY TO PROPORTIONATE IT TO THE AREAS WHERE THERE ARE THE MOST INFECTIONS THE SUCCESS OF THAT AND HOW MUCH YOU MAKE THIS TURN INTO THIS IS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE AMOUNT OF TIME IF WE'RE SUCCESSFUL, IT WILL BE LESS

IF WE'RE NOT SUCCESSFUL, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE BUT THESE KINDS OF THINGS GENERALLY RUN OUT IN A FEW MONTHS HOPEFULLY WE WILL MAKE IT SEVERAL WEEKS, EIGHT, NINE, WHATEVER WEEKS BUT I CAN'T GIVE YOU A NUMBER IT DEPENDS ON HOW SUCCESSFUL WE ARE

>> GREAT, THANK YOU THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION DR FAUCI AND I HAVE WORKED TOGETHER A LONG TIME AND I CONTINUE THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH HIM EVERY DAY I THINK YOU CAN LEARN — I APPRECIATE THERE WERE GRAPHICS DONE BY SOME OF THE REPORTING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS

IF YOU ALIGN THE DATA FROM CHINA WITH THE DATA WITH SOUTH KOREA, YOU CAN START TO SEE ALMOST A COMPLETE OVERLAY OF THAT DATA SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRACKING VERY CLOSELY AS WELL AS ITALY BUT YOU HAVE AN EXCELLENT QUESTION I JUST WANT TO MAKE ONE NOTE, IN SOUTH KOREA — I WANT TO REPEAT — ONLY 4% OF THE TESTS WERE POSITIVE THAT MEANS 96% OF THE PEOPLE HAD A DIFFERENT RESPIRATORY DISEASE

BECAUSE WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF FLU SEASON, COLD SEASON AND ALL OF THE OTHER RESPIRATORY DISEASES WE GET EVERY DAY AND LABCORP AND QUEST EARLY DATA, THEY'RE RUNNING 1% TO 2% POSITIVE THAT MEANS WE HAVE A LOT OTHER RESPIRATORY DISEASE OUT THERE BESIDES THE CORONAVIRUS, AND THAT'S WHY THE SCREENING IS CRITICAL EVEN WITH THE SCREENING, WE'RE GOING TO RUN WHAT WE THINK ARE VERY LOW RATES NEEDLESS TO SAY THOUGH, WE'RE TAKING AN EXTRAORDINARY SERIOUS PLAN FOR WHAT COULD COME

NOT WHAT DR FAUCI TALKED ABOUT BLUNTING THE CURVE, THAT MAKES IT MUCH LESS HIGH NEED FOR THE PEAK OF THE CURVE WE'RE PLANNING FOR WE'RE IN FULL INVENTORY BY ALL OF THE ASSETS AND THE PRESIDENT ON THE EMERGENCY ORDER AND HHS'S ABILITY, IT UNLOCKS ALL OF THOSE STOCKPILES OF NEEDS, WHAT THE VA HAS, DOD HAS, NATIONAL GUARD AND EVERY HOSPITAL HAS

THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN ALLOWS THEM TO DEFER EE LECHTIVE ISSUES TO KEEP THE HOSPITAL BEDS OPEN ISSUES FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT NEED IT SO WE'RE IN FULL PLANNING MODE FOR EACH OF THOSE THINGS >> I MIGHT ADD WE'RE IN THE PROCESS AND IN SOME CASES HAVE DONE IT, ORDERED A LARGE NUMBER OF RESPIRATORS JUST IN CASE WE HOPE WE DON'T NEED IT, BUT WE ORDERED A LARGE NUMBER GO AHEAD

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT IN YOUR SPEECH TO THE NATION, YOU MENTIONED THE SITUATION IN CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA HAVE IMPROVED, AND YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT REMOVE THE RESTRICTIONS, ALSO THE WARNING IN PLACE RIGHT NOW >> RIGHT >> WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT? AND HOW DO YOU SEE THE OVERALL PROGRESS THAT ASIAN COUNTRIES MAKE? >> WELL, SOME ARE MAKING PROGRESS, SOME ARE NOT, AS YOU KNOW

SOME ARE MAKING PROGRESS AS THEY MAKE PROGRESS, AS THEY GET DOWN TO THE NUMBER THAT WE ALL THINK IS RIGHT, THEY KNOW IS RIGHT, WE KNOW IS RIGHT, WE WILL BE OPENING IT UP SOME ARE REALLY MOVING ALONG RAPIDLY WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THINGS UP AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE GO AHEAD, PLEASE

>> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK SECRETARY AZAR AND DR FAUCI — DR FAUCI — >> BETTER

NOT 100% BUT 90% GO AHEAD >> THIS AFFECTS THE ELDERLY PRIMARILY AND IN THAT SENSE IT'S AN UNUSUAL DISEASE IS ANY SPECIFIC RESEARCH BEING DONE AS TO WHY IT AFFECTS OUR SENIOR CITIZENS MORE THAN OTHERS? >> SO I DON'T MEAN TO DIMINISH YOUR QUESTION, BUT WE ALREADY KNOW WHY IT WOULD AFFECT SENIOR CITIZENS MORE BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES A ROBUST IMMUNE SYSTEM, AS YOU GET OLDER, YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS NOT AS POTENT AS IT IS WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG

THAT'S THE REASON WHY, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT EVEN INFLUENZA, WHICH WE HAVE EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE WITH OVER DECADES AND DECADES, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY VULNERABLE ARE THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS THE SAME THING HOLDS TRUE FOR A VARIETY OF OTHER DISEASE WHY CANCER IS MORE PREVALENT IN MOSTLY OLDER INDIVIDUALS BECAUSE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM THAT SCREENS FOR IT IS LESS ROBUST SO IT REALLY IS SOMETHING THAT IS KIND OF WELL KNOWN OVER A LOT OF STUDIES >> OKAY

OEN, PLEASE >> MR PRESIDENT, THE CHINESE OFFICIALS ARE EXPRESSING SOME TONES OF DISCONTENT WITH HOW — WHERE THE SOURCES OF THE VIRUS HAS COME FROM AND THEY'RE SPINNING SOME ODD NARRATIVES WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE CHINESE OFFICIALS WHO ARE DOING THAT? AND HAVE THEY SIGNALED ANY KIND OF RESISTANCE TO UPCOMING TRADE TALKS IN RESPONSE TO HOW WE'RE HANDLING THE VIRUS? >> NO, WE WILL DEAL WITH CHINA

THEY'RE GOING TO BE BUYING $250 BILLION WORTH OF GOODS AND $50 BILLION FROM OUR FARMERS AND THAT'S A GREAT DEAL FOR OUR COUNTRY IT'S ABOUT TIME SOMEBODY DID THAT AND, FRANKLY, PHASE TWO WILL START NEGOTIATING I DID READ ONE ARTICLE, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT ARTICLE WAS REPRESENTATIVE, CERTAINLY NOT OF MY CONVERSATIONS WITH PRESIDENT XI THEY KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM

WE ALL KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT MY FIRST QUESTION IS YOU SAID YOU DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY BUT YOU DID DISBAND THE WHITE HOUSE PANDEMIC OFFICE AND OFFICIALS THAT WERE WORKING IN THAT OFFICE LEFT AT THE LAST ADMINISTRATION ABRUPTLY WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU TAKE FOR THAT? AND OFFICIALS SAID THEY LOST VALUABLE TIME BECAUSE THAT OFFICE WAS DISBANDED

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT? >> I THINK THAT'S A NASTY QUESTION BECAUSE WHAT WE'VE DONE — AND TONY HAS SAID NUMEROUS TIMES, WE SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES BECAUSE OF THE QUICK CLOSING WHEN YOU SEE ME, I DIDN'T DO IT WE HAVE A GROUP OF PEOPLE I COULD ASK PERHAPS MY ADMINISTRATION BUT I CAN PERHAPS ASK TONY ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT YOU SAY WE DID THAT

I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT >> YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE REORGANIZATION WITH — >> PERHAPS THEY DO THAT IN A NEW ADMINISTRATION PEOPLE LET PEOPLE GO IT USED TO BE YOU WERE WITH A DIFFERENT NEWSPAPER THAN YOU ARE NOW LET'S GO

WE'RE DOING A GREAT JOB THESE PROFESSIONALS BEHIND ME AND GREAT, INCREDIBLE DOCTORS AND BUSINESS PEOPLE, THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AND I CAN SAY THAT WHETHER IT'S RETAILERS OR LABS OR ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY, THESE ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD WE'RE DOING A GREAT JOB WE HAVE 40 PEOPLE, RIGHT NOW, 40

COMPARE THAT WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WHO HAVE MANY, MANY TIMES THAT AMOUNT ONE OF THE REASONS WE HAVE 40 AND OTHERS HAVE — AGAIN, THAT NUMBER IS GOING UP, JUST SO YOU UNDERSTAND, AND A NUMBER OF CASES WHICH ARE VERY STRONG RELATIVELY CASES, IT'S GOING UP WE'VE DONE A GREAT JOB BECAUSE WE ACTED QUICKLY WE ACTED EARLY THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULD HAVE DONE THAT WAS BETTER THAN CLOSING OUR BORDERS TO HIGHLY INFECTED AREAS

THANK YOU GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT I'M REPRESENTING LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES AND SPAIN AS WELL

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK TWO VERY BRIEF QUESTIONS ONE, FOR HOW LONG ARE WE GOING TO HAVE THE EMERGENCY — THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY? >> I HOPE NOT LONG BUT IT'S THERE NOW IT GIVES TREMENDOUS POWERS FOR THINGS THAT WE NEED, TREMENDOUS POWER ACTUALLY AND THE STAFFORD ACT AND VARIOUS OTHER THINGS THAT WE'RE INVOLVED WITH HAVE STUDIED AND MEMORIZED IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND FORMS IT GIVES THE KIND OF POWER THAT WE NEED TO GET RID OF THIS VIRUS

WE'RE GOING TO DO IT VERY QUICKLY I HOPE WE WON'T NEED IT VERY LONG BUT WHATEVER IT TAKES >> SO FOR NOW WE DON'T KNOW FOR HOW LONG SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT I WANTED TO ASK YOU, DO YOU REALLY THINK IT'S ESSENTIAL COORDINATING WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND LEARNING FROM THE LESSONS THEY ALREADY SUFFERED, THE SAME SITUATION OF COUNTRIES, OF COURSE, LIKE CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA BUT NOW RECENTLY ITALY AND SPAIN, AND THAT COORDINATION DONE >> YES, ITALY — WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH ITALY

IT'S A COUNTRY THAT WE LOVE WE HAVE TREMENDOUS — MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ORIGINALLY, ORIGINS FROM ITALY WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM THEY'RE IN A VERY — THEY'RE IN PROBABLY RELATIVELY SPEAKING, THE TOUGHEST POSITION OF ALL WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH EVERYBODY

WE'RE IN TOUCH — WHEN I SAY EVERYBODY, WE'RE IN TOUCH WITH MANY OF THE COUNTRIES THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT YOU ARE WRITING ABOUT, AND THEY'RE CALLING US ASKING FOR ADVICE THEY'RE ASKING FOR THE ADVICE OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME ITALY'S GOT A TOUGH SITUATION BUT THEY'RE REALLY — THEY HAVE REALLY CLAMPED DOWN, AND I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO SEE VERY GOOD RESULTS IT'S TOUGH WHAT THEY DID

THEY REALLY TOOK THEIR MEDICINE THEY'RE GOING TO SEE SOME MUCH BETTER RESULTS >> THANK YOU, SIR WITH REGARD TO DOMESTIC TRAVEL, SHOULD AMERICANS FEEL SAFE OR SHOULD AMERICANS AT ALL BE TRAVELING TO STATES SUCH AS WASHINGTON STATE, NEW YORK AND OTHER HOT SPOTS WITHIN THIS COUNTRY? AND A FOLLOWUP ON BRAZIL, YOU'RE ASKING PEOPLE WHO COME BACK FROM EUROPE, AMERICANS COMING BACK FROM EUROPE, TO SELF-QUARANTINE FOR A COUPLE WEEKS YOU WERE IN A PICTURE WITH SOMEBODY WHO NOW HAS CORONAVIRUS FROM BRAZIL AT MAR-A-LAGO

HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT? >> I'LL TELL YOU, FIRST OF ALL, I'M NOT COMING BACK FROM SOMEPLACE >> BUT YOU WERE EXPOSED >> THERE'S SOMEBODY WHO THEY SAY HAS IT I HAVE NO IDEA WHO HE IS I TAKE PICTURES AND IT LASTS FOR LITERALLY SECONDS

I DON'T KNOW THE GENTLEMAN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NO IDEA WHO HE IS I HAVEN'T SEEN THE PICTURE I SAID THERE'S A PICTURE OF SOMEBODY I TAKE SOMETIMES HUNDREDS OF PICTURES A DAY

THAT NIGHT I WAS TAKING HUNDREDS OF PICTURES, SO I JUST DON'T KNOW I DID SIT WITH THE PRESIDENT FOR PROBABLY TWO HOURS BUT HE HAS TESTED NEGATIVE SO THAT'S GOOD GO AHEAD, PLEASE I WOULD SAY IF YOU STAY HOME, IT'S NOT BAD

IT'S NOT BAD THERE ARE CERTAIN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY HAVE ZERO PROBLEM WASHINGTON'S BEEN VERY TOUGH, IN PARTICULAR NURSING HOMES WASHINGTON, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, HAS BEEN VERY TOUGH IT'S BEEN A BIG PERCENTAGE, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE 40 DEATHS, THAT'S A BIG PERCENTAGE OF THE DEATHS AS YOU KNOW VERY WELL

THEY ALL CAME FROM A VERY CERTAIN AREA, UNFORTUNATELY PLEASE, GO AHEAD GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT

I'M FROM SKY NEWS WHEN YOU TALK THIS WEEK ABOUT THE UK DOING A GOOD JOB IN TACKLING CORONAVIRUS IN LIGHT OF THE RISE IN CASES, ARE YOU CHANGING YOUR MIND ABOUT THAT? YOU ALSO JUST SPOKE ABOUT POSSIBLE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS HAVE YOU DISCUSSED WHEN THEY MIGHT BE PUT IN PLACE? >> IN LIGHT OF THE RESULTS AS WE DISCUSSED BEFORE, IN LIGHT OF THE RESULTS, WE'RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT IT I KNOW THE TASK FORCE IS LOOKING AT IT VERY STRONGLY

THE VICE PRESIDENT, EVERYBODY IT WAS LOOKING GOOD BUT THEY'VE — THE RESULTS HAVE BEEN BUILDING UP PRETTY RAPIDLY SO WE WILL BE TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT THAT, YES, ABSOLUTELY GO AHEAD, PLEASE >> MR

PRESIDENT, THANK YOU I WANT TO FIRST FOLLOW UP ON JEFF'S QUESTION BECAUSE THE PERSON YOU WERE STANDING NEXT TO, WHETHER YOU KNOW WHO HE IS OR NOT, TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS DR FAUCI SAID THIS MORNING IF YOU STAND NEXT TO SOMEBODY WHO TESTED POSITIVE, YOU SHOULD SELF-ISOLATE AND GET A TEST YOU SAY YOUR WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR IS TELLING YOU SOMETHING DIFFERENT

WHO SHOULD AMERICANS LISTEN TO? AND MY SECOND QUESTION — >> I THINK THEY HAVE TO LISTEN TO THEIR DOCTORS, AND I THINK THEY SHOULDN'T BE JUMPING TO GET THE TEST UNLESS IT'S NECESSARY BUT I THINK THEY HAVE TO LESS AN TO THEIR DOCTORS I HAVEN'T SEEN THE PICTURE SOMEBODY SAID THERE'S A PICTURE OF SOMEBODY TAKING A PICTURE WITH ME, BUT I HAVEN'T SEEN IT >> DOCTORS SAY YOU MIGHT HAVE IT, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS

ARE YOU BEING SELFISH BY NOT GETTING TESTED — >> I DIDN'T SAY I WASN'T GOING TO BE TESTED >> ARE YOU GOING TO BE? >> MOST LIKELY YEAH NOT FOR THAT REASON BUT BECAUSE I THINK I WILL DO IT ANYWAY >> WILL YOU LET US KNOW? >> FAIRLY SOON WE'RE WORKING ON THE SCHEDULE

>> AND MR PRESIDENT, A FOLLOWUP >> GO AHEAD YES >> I KNOW THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT TESTING

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CLEAR THOUGH WE'VE BEEN HEARING FROM DOCTORS WHO SAY AS OF TODAY, THEY STILL CAN'T GET PATIENTS TESTED WHO NEED A TEST SO AS OF TODAY, CAN EVERYONE WHO A DOCTOR WANTS TO HAVE TESTED GET TESTED? AND IF NOT, WHEN? >> THAT'S BEEN TRUE FOR A WHILE BUT I WILL LET MIKE ANSWER THAT >> AS THE PRESIDENT SAID AND DR FAUCI ARTICULATED, THE CURRENT NATURE OF OUR SYSTEM WHERE THE CDC HAD SAMPLES SENT AND TESTS ARE PERFORMED OR STATE LABS PERFORM TESTS, OR IN SOME CASES UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITAL LABS PERFORM TESTS, IS GENERALLY ADEQUATE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE OR PEOPLE GETTING A DIAGNOSTIC WORK DONE

GIVEN THE SCALE OF THIS, THE PRESIDENT TASKED US WITH BRINGING TOGETHER THIS EXTRAORDINARY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TODAY BY SOME ESTIMATES WHEN YOU ADD ALL OF THE LABS TOGETHER, AND TODAY THE PRESIDENT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, AND THEIR STATE LABS, TO AUTHORIZE LABS ACROSS THEIR STATE TO DO CORONAVIRUS TESTING WE'RE ESTIMATING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 15,000 AND 20,000 TESTS A DAY ARE ABLE TO BE PERFORMED BUT VERY SOON, WITH THE PROGRAM THAT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY, AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT ONE OF THE SITES CLOSEST TO THEM AS DESCRIBED ON THE WEBSITE IF THEY'RE SYMPTOMATIC, IF THE QUESTIONNAIRE INDICATES IT, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A TEST THERE AND THESE INCREDIBLE COMPANIES WILL PROCESS THE TEST AND THEY WILL RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION BUT FOR NOW, THE BEST ADVICE WE CAN GIVE FOR PEOPLE IS SPEAK TO THEIR DOCTOR AS THE PRESIDENT JUST SAID

AND IF THE DOCTOR INDICATES THAT POSITION, IF IT'S NOT A UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OR OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED LAB, CAN CONTACT THE STATE LAB EVERY STATE LAB IN THE COUNTRY CAN PERFORM TESTS TODAY BUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT CHARGED US WITH WHEN I WAS TASKED TO TAKE OVER THE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE WAS OPEN UP TESTS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE PRESIDENT SAID A FEW DAYS AGO THAT WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT ANY AMERICAN THAT WANTED TO GET A TEST WOULD BE ABLE TO CLINICALLY GET A TEST AS I LITERALLY HEARD FROM THE GOVERNOR OF WASHINGTON STATE WHO SAID THE DOCTORS OF WASHINGTON STATE SAID IF YOU WERE ONLY MILDLY SYMPTOMATIC, THEY WOULD NOT ORDER A TEST

UNFORTUNATELY THE PRESIDENT DIRECTED THE CDC TO CLARIFY THAT ANYONE IN CONSULTATION WITH THEIR PHYSICIANS AND SYMPTOMS CAN REQUEST A TEST THOSE DOCTORS WILL CONTACT THE AGENCIES AND LABS IN THEIR STATE BUT VERY SOON, AMERICANS WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO THESE DRIVE-IN SITES AND BE ABLE TO OBTAIN AND PARTICIPATE IN A TEST DR

BIRX, IS THERE MORE TO AMPLIFY THAT? >> I THINK THAT'S PERFECTLY SAID JUST TO REVIEW ONE MORE TIME ABOUT THE TESTING WITH LABCORP AND QUEST, I THINK MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN TO THE DOCTORS' OFFICES AND SEEN THE LITTLE BOXES OUTSIDE WHAT THEY DO IS DELIVER BOTH THE SPECIMEN COLLECTION PIECE — BECAUSE REMEMBER IT'S A NASAL SWAB IT'S NOT A TUBE OF BLOOD

SO THEY DELIVER THAT TO DOCTOR'S OFFICES AND HOSPITALS, AND THEN THEY WILL ARRANGE TO PICK THAT UP THE IMPORTANT PIECE IN THIS ALL IS THEY'VE GONE FROM A MACHINE THAT MAY HAVE A LOWER THROUGHPUT TO THE POTENTIAL TO HAVE AUTOMATED EXTRACTION — I KNOW YOU DON'T WANT ALL OF THESE DETAILS, BUT IT'S KEY FOR THE LABORATORY PEOPLE, AUTOMATED DISTRACTION OF THE RNA THAT THEN RUNS IN AN AUTOMATED WAY ON THE MACHINE WITHOUT ANYONE TOUCHING IT AND THE RESULT COMES OUT OF THE OTHER END SAMPLE TO MACHINE TO RESULTS, THAT CUTS OUT A LOT OF THE MANUAL PIECES THAT WERE HAPPENING THAT WERE DELAYING THE TEST RESULTS >> SO WITH THAT WHAT'S THE TIMELINE LIKE FROM WHEN YOU'RE TESTED TO WHEN YOU GET RESULTS? NEXT WEEK, WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE EXPECT? >> WITH THE PRIOR TESTING IT WAS TAKING SEVERAL DAYS BECAUSE THE TEST IS SLOWER WE BELIEVE WITH THIS TEST, BECAUSE OF ITS THROUGHPUT, THAT THE TESTING CAN BE FROM START — REMEMBER, IT HAS TO TRANSPORT, TO THE LABORATORY THAT WILL RUN IT AND THEN WE'RE HOPING THAT ALL CAN BE FINISHED WITHIN 24 HOURS, WHICH IS VERY SIMILAR TO OTHER TESTS YOU RECEIVE TODAY

THESE ARE NOT POINT-OF-CARE TESTS WE'RE WORKING ON POINT-OF-CARE TESTS, BUT WE HAVE TO REALIZE POINT-OF-CARE TESTS TAKE SIX MONTHS OR MORE TO DEVELOP WE'RE NOT WAITING BECAUSE WE'RE STILL DIAGNOSING THIS ON NUCLEIC ACID THIS IS ACTUALLY THE ACID IN YOUR POSE WE'RE AMPLIFYING >> I THINK YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER WE'RE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH STATES

YOU HAVE A SMALLER FORUM AND MORE TARGETED FORM OF GOVERNMENT GOING IN AND DOING IT, LIKE IN NEW YORK WHERE THE RELATIONSHIP IS VERY GOOD, LIKE GAVIN NEWSOM, WHERE HE MADE SOME VERY COMPLEMENTARY — AND THAT'S CALIFORNIA — HE MADE COMPLEMENTARY COMMENTS THE OTHER DAY ABOUT HOW WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER WE WORKED ON THE SHIP TOGETHER AND WE WORKED ON A LOT OF OTHER THINGS TOGETHER HAVING TO DO WITH THIS REALLY THE RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE — I CAN'T THINK OF A BAD RELATIONSHIP WE'RE HELPING THEM WE'RE FUNDING THEM IN SOME CASES DEPENDING ON WHAT IT IS YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AND WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER VERY CLOSELY

SO WE'VE DONE REALLY I THINK A TREMENDOUS JOB OF TEAMWORK WITH THE DIFFERENT STATES ONE OR TWO MORE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR THESE FOLKS — DOES ANYBODY HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE FOLKS UP HERE? WHO HAS A QUESTION UP HERE? YOU HAVE? GO AHEAD IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU

I HAVE ONE FOR YOU AS WELL >> I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU WOULD >> BUT I DO HAVE ONE FOR THEM >> I WAS WAITING FOR THAT

ASK THEM FIRST, PLEASE >> YES, I WILL WITH REGARDS TO THE CEOs, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US WHEN YOU EXPECT TO SEE ITEMS LIKE HAND SANITIZER THAT HAD BEEN GOING OUT OF STOCK VERY QUICKLY BACK ON THE SHELVES? THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF REPORTS ABOUT THAT AND FOR YOU, MR PRESIDENT, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT A POTENTIAL BAILOUT FOR THE CRUISE INDUSTRY? YOU HAD SUGGESTED THAT COULD HAPPEN

IS THAT SOMETHING YOU'RE STILL LOOKING AT AND HOW MUCH WOULD THAT BE? >> I DIDN'T SUGGEST IT COULD HAPPEN BUT I CAN TELL YOU IT'S AN INDUSTRY THAT WAS VERY BADLY IMPACTED BY WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE VIRUS AND IT'S A GREAT INDUSTRY IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT INDUSTRY WE WILL BE HELPING THEM AND WE WILL BE HELPING THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IF WE HAVE TO, ASSUMING WE HAVE TO SO FAR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING BUT IF THEY SHOULD BE ASKING, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR AIRLINE IS VERY STRONG ONE DAY AND ONE DAY ALL OF A SUDDEN WASN'T LOOKING SO GOOD

INTERESTINGLY, WE WERE JUST TALKING TO DOUG AND THE NUMBERS THEY'RE DOING FROM THE RETAILING STANDPOINT BECAUSE OF THIS, THEIR BUSINESS IS THE OPPOSITE A LOT OF YOU, YOU HAVE BEEN SELLING A LOT OF STUFF DO YOU WANT TO ANSWER THE QUESTION AS FAR AS HAND SANITIZER? >> SPECIFICALLY THE AREA WHERE WE ARE SEEING PRESSURES IN SUPPLY CHAIN ARE SURFACE CLEANERS, PAPER GOODS, HAND SANITIZING WILL BE DIFFICULT TO HAVE 100% STOCK ON IN TIME WE'RE REPLENISHING IT AND SHIPPING IT BUT AS SOON AS IT HITS THE STORES, THEY'RE GOING ALL OF THE RETAILERS WILL WORK HAND IN HAND TO THE SUPPLIERS TO BRING THAT TO THE MARKET AS FAST AS WE CAN

>> WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE THOSE FOR AMERICANS SEEKING THOSE ITEMS? WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE? THEY'RE SELLING OUT ONLINE AND STORES >> I THINK PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN YOU OTHER EXAMPLES TO FIT BACK AGAINST THIS VIRUS AND YOU SHOULD LOOK AT THE ENTIRE LIST >> I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY, IT SOUNDS VERY SIMPLISTIC, BUT WASH YOUR HANDS AS OFTEN AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN I KNOW YOU'RE NOT ALWAYS IN A POSITION TO BE ABLE TO WASH YOUR HANDS, BUT WASH THEM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE ALCOHOL WIPES, TRY AND GET THEM IF YOU CAN'T GET THEM, TRY AS BEST AS POSSIBLE TO DO IT YOU HAVE TO DO THE BEST YOU CAN >> JUST GENERAL PREPAREDNESS YOU WANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS

YOU WANT TO KEEP DISTANCE FROM PEOPLE AND IF YOU'RE AROUND SOMEONE SICK, KEEP AWAY FROM THEM JUST BASIC, BASIC PUBLIC HEALTH THESE GUYS HAVE SOLD A LOT OF TOILET PAPER DID YOU GIVE GUIDANCE THAT TOILET PAPER IS NOT A CORRECT PREVENTIVE AGAINST GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS? THEY'RE SELLING OUT

BUT HOT WATER, SOAP, 20 SECONDS THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT >> ONE MORE GO AHEAD BEHIND YOU

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR PRESIDENT YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM, OF COURSE >> THAT'S TRUE THANK YOU

>> MY QUESTION, MR PRESIDENT, ARE YOU HAPPY FROM THE TIMING OF THE RESPONSE, WHEN THEY CORRECTLY TOLD YOU WHAT HAPPENED AND THOSE INFECTED, THAT MR MODI AND INDIA CLOSED BORDERS FROM APRIL 15th, AND IF YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA AND IF YOU HAVE HELPED AND ANY MESSAGE FOR THE SMALL BUSINESSES LOSING BUSINESS BECAUSE OF THIS

THANK YOU, SIR >> SMALL BUSINESS, THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IS NOW STACKED WITH MONEY TO HELP THEM AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THE MONEY READILY AVAILABLE IF THEY NEED IT, SMALL BUSINESSES WE HAD A GREAT TIME IN INDIA IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE TWO DAYS, AND HE'S A GREAT FRIEND OF MINE HE'S A FRIEND OF HIS PEOPLE BECAUSE HE WAS GREETED INCREDIBLY WARMLY, AS WAS I IN THAT STADIUM

IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE EVENT I LOVED BEING WITH HIM TO SAY HELLO TO HIM WE TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT FAR MORE THAN JUST BORDERS AS FAR AS PRESIDENT XI, LIKEWISE HE'S A FRIEND OF MINE

I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE DEALING IN GOOD FAITH WE JUST WORKED, AS YOU KNOW AND AS I JUST SAID, WE JUST WORKED AN INCREDIBLE DEAL, BIG DEAL, ONE OF THE BIGGEST DEALS EVER MADE OF ANY KIND, BIG EVEN BY THE STANDARDS OF SOME OF PEOPLE HERE THAT DEAL WITH CHINA BUT I THINK THEY WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THINGS ALSO WE'RE WORKING OUR DRUG COMPANIES, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH CHINA AND INDIA AS YOU KNOW AND ALL OVER THE WORLD

THEY'RE ALL OVER THE WORLD THESE ARE MAGNIFICENT COMPANIES THAT ARE VERY, VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND WE'RE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE THEM BECAUSE I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO COME UP WITH, WHETHER IT'S THERAPEUTIC OR WHETHER IT'S JUST HELP, HELPING GETTING BETTER AND ULTIMATELY A VACCINE, WHICH TAKES A LITTLE LONGER BECAUSE OF THE TEST PERIODS AND A COUPLE OF OTHER REASONS, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE IT VERY QUICKLY BECAUSE OF THE GREAT KNOWLEDGE THEY'LL HAVE IT VERY QUICKLY

THEY'VE MADE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PROGRESS THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH WE APPRECIATE IT THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> PRESIDENT TRUMP CONCLUDING A RATHER LENGTHY NEWS CONFERENCE THERE IN THE ROSE GARDEN, ALONG WITH OTHER OFFICIALS, ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

THE PRESIDENT DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY THAT ESSENTIALLY UNLOCKS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS — I THINK HE SAID $50 BILLION THAT CAN BE USED NOW IN THE FIGHT HE ALSO NOTED A NEW PARTNERSHIP BEING FORMED WITH US OFFICIALS AND PRIVATE COMPANIES THAT HE SAYS AND BELIEVES WILL EXPAND THE AVAILABILITY OF TESTING FOR THE VIRUS

IN ADDITION, WE LEARNED ABOUT A WEBSITE THAT WILL BE GOING UP SOON THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO ESSENTIALLY ENTER THEIR SYMPTOMS AND WHAT THEY'VE EXPERIENCED AND GO DOWN A LIST THAT WILL GUIDE THEM AS TO WHETHER THEY SHOULD RECEIVE OR UNDERGO TESTING LET'S GO TO KRISTEN WELKER RIGHT NOW, WHO WAS AT THAT NEWS CONFERENCE KRISTEN, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER HEADLINES HERE? >> WELL, I THINK YOU HIT THE BIG ONES, LESTER AND JUST TO REITERATE, THE PRESIDENT DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY, WHICH WILL, HE SAID, TAP INTO SOME $50 BILLION, WHICH WILL ESSENTIALLY GIVE MORE FUNDS TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SO THEY CAN HELP TO FIGHT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS SO THEY CAN HELP TO FIGHT THE SPREAD AND SO THAT THERE CAN BE MORE TESTING MOVING FORWARD OF COURSE, THAT HAS BEEN A CRITICAL ISSUE

LET ME JUST TICK THROUGH SOME OF THE OTHER BIG HEADLINES FROM THIS NEWS CONFERENCE, LESTER THERE WERE A NUMBER OF THEM I'LL START WITH MY QUESTION I ASKED THE PRESIDENT IF HE TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A LAG IN TESTING, FOR THE FACT TO THIS DAY, 50 DAYS INTO THIS CRISIS, YOU STILL HAVE PEOPLE SAYING THEY CANNOT GET TESTED AND YET THEY ARE SHOWING SYMPTOMS THE PRESIDENT NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

WHEN I PRESSED HIM ON SPECIFICALLY WHEN CAN EVERY AMERICAN EXPECT TO HAVE A TEST AT THE READY, THE PRESIDENT COULD NOT GIVE A SPECIFIC DATE ALTHOUGH HE DID SAY WE ARE EXPECTING TO HAVE MANY MORE BY SUNDAY AND CERTAINLY WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK TO SEVERAL WEEKS LOOKING FORWARD ANOTHER HEADLINE I THOUGHT FROM THIS EXCHANGE, LESTER, CAME TOWARDS THE END WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS PRESSED REPEATEDLY ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT HE'S GOING TO IN FACT GET TESTED HIMSELF, BECAUSE HE WAS PICTURED LAST WEEK AT MAR-A-LAGO WITH A BRAZILIAN OFFICIAL WHO LATER TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS THE PRESIDENT INITIALLY SAYING THAT HIS DOCTOR SAID HE DIDN'T HAVE TO SELF-QUARANTINE BUT THEN FINALLY AT THE END SAYING THAT IT'S POSSIBLE HE WILL GET TESTED FOR CORONAVIRUS

HE SAID, WE'RE WORKING ON THAT THIS IS A REAL LEADERSHIP MOMENT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND THE QUESTION REMAINS, WILL HE ESSENTIALLY DO AS HE'S TELLING PEOPLE TO DO, WHICH IS TO GET TESTED IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERN, IF YOU HAVE COME INTO PROXIMITY WITH SOMEBODY IMPACTED BOTTOM LINE, THIS IS AN ADMINISTRATION UNDER FIRE FOR NOT ACTING QUICKLY ENOUGH AND TODAY PRESIDENT TRUMP TAKING HIS MOST ROBUST ACTION YET TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS >> KRISTEN, THANK YOU LET'S GO TO OUR MODERATOR OF "MEET THE PRESS" IN OUR WASHINGTON BUREAU

CHUCK, IT SEEMS LIKE THE PRESIDENT WAS TAKING THIS AT A NEW LEVEL OF SERIOUSNESS WE PERHAPS HAVE NOT SEEN FROM HIM BEFORE THERE WAS ALSO THE POLITICAL POINT OF THIS WHETHER CONGRESS CAN GET TOGETHER, WHETHER THEY CAN COME UP WITH SOMETHING >> LOOK, I WILL SAY THIS, I THOUGHT THE PRESIDENT'S TONE GAVE OFF A MIXED MESSAGE THE EVENT ITSELF GAVE A STRONG MESSAGE BUT AS HE TOOK QUESTIONS AND AS HE TALKED ABOUT THE PRECAUTIONS THAT ARE BEING TAKEN AND HE KIND OF SAID, WELL, THAT'S KIND OF GOOD OR I'M OKAY, IT CERTAINLY DID SEND A BIT OF MIXED MESSAGING LET'S BE BLUNT ABOUT THIS, TODAY'S EVENT FELT A WEEK TOO LATE

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT DR FAUCI TOLD CONGRESS EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT SORT OF WE BLEW IT ON TESTING AND IN SOME WAYS, WHAT WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN FROM TESTING WHEN IT CAME TO CONTAINMENT OR MITIGATION STRATEGY, THAT'S MOOT NOW NOW THE ISSUE OF TESTING AND TESTING CAPACITY IS SIMPLY TO FIND OUT WHO HAS IT AND WHO DOESN'T IN ORDER TO SEPARATE THAT OUT I THINK THE SHOW OF FORCE TODAY WAS VERY NECESSARY FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION, GETTING THE PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVED BUT, AGAIN, IT FELT ALMOST AS IF THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A WEEK AGO

AND I THINK THERE ARE PEOPLE ON THAT STAGE, DR FAUCI INCLUDED, WHO ALMOST INDICATED THAT >> ENTHUSIASTIC, WHICH YOU LET ME BRING IN OUR SENIOR BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT STEPHANIE RULE ALONG WITH OUR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT DR TORRES

WE ARE WATCHING THE STOCK MARKET TICK UPWARD AS THE PRESIDENT AND TEAM OF FOLKS SPOKE >> THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT INVESTORS AND THE MARKET HAS BEEN ASKING FOR, MORE THAN MONETARY OR FISCAL POLICY AND THEY GOT TO SEE ALL OF THE HEAVY HITTERS THEY LIKE AS FAR AS CORPORATE AMERICA YOU HAVE DOUG McWILLIAM FROM WALMART, NOT JUST THE HEAD OF WALMART, BUT HEAD OF LAB CORPS, QUEST, ROCHE SO EVERY TIME YOU HAVE SEEN THE PRESIDENT SPEAK ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS, YOU HAVE SEEN THE MARKET TANK

TODAY INVESTORS GOT WHAT THEY WANTED EVERY ONE OF THOSE COMPANIES, THEIR STOCK WENT UP IN THE LAST 25 MINUTES >> JOHN, BE ANTHONY FAUCI SEEMED HAPPY ABOUT THE IDEA THEY'RE PROBABLY PARTNERING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO GET THIS GOING THE WEBSITE, BREAK IT DUNE, WILL THIS ACCELERATE TESTING? >> I THINK IT WILL ACCELERATE TESTING ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES RELYING ON THE CDC IS DEVELOPING THOSE TESTS AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE DO THAT OTHER COUNTRIES DON'T NECESSARILY DO

WE'RE ABLE TO GET THEM OUT FASTER THAN A LOT ARE THE QUESTION WHY IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG TO DO WITH THIS, WE'RE NOT SURE BUT NOW HAVING PRIVATE PARTNERS WILL ACCELERATE THIS AND IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO SAY LET'S PUT THE QUESTIONNAIRE ONLINE IF IT ANSWERS YES, HERE'S WHERE YOU NEED TO GO DRIVE THROUGH AND GET YOUR TEST

THAT WILL SOLVE A LOT OF ISSUES GETTING THAT TEST AND FINDING OUT WHERE THE OUTBREAK HES ARE, WHICH EVEN DR FAUCI SAID IS ONE OF THE CRITICAL THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW TO BLUNT THAT CURVE >> DOCTOR, THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE WILL HAVE YOU ON "NIGHTLY NEWS" TONIGHT TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS AND SO THE DECLARATION FROM THE PRESIDENT IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AS THE APPROACH CONTINUES TO EVOLVE

CONFIRMED CASES IN THE US NOW EXCEED 2,000 THAT'S 2,000 SINCE THE OUTBREAK BEGAN WITH 42 DEATHS HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN AT LEAST IN THE SHORT TERM, THOSE NUMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE

WE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING THE LATEST ON THIS EVOLVING CRISIS, INCLUDING FULL DETAILS WHEN WE SEE YOU ON "NBC NIGHTLY NEWS" FOR NOW I'M LESTER HOLT IN NEW YORK GOOD DAY, EVERYONE

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