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Highlights from the Coronavirus Task Force and ‘amicable’ agreement with 3M

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PHOTO CREDIT: Official White House photo by Tia Dufour

“Across the country, we’re attacking the enemy at all fronts, including medical, scientific, social, logistical and economic,” said President Trump during his Coronavirus Task Force briefing Monday evening.

Trump announced that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will use the USNS Comfort to treat coronavirus patients moving forward. The ship was initially used to admit non-coronavirus patients. 

FEMA, in partnership with the HHS, has directly distributed 11.7 million N95 respirators, 26.5 million surgical masks, 5.3 million face shields, 4.4 million surgical gowns, and 22.6 million gloves. 

Through the Defense Production Act, President Trump reached an ‘amicable’ agreement with 3M for the delivery of an additional 55.5 million high-quality face masks each month. This totals to over 166.5 million masks over the coming months.

“The 3M saga ends very happily. We’re very proud to be dealing now with 3M,” stated President Trump. 

On Monday, Apple committed to producing one million plastic face shields per week for health care workers. Additionally, Salesforce has donated 48 million pieces of personal protection equipment for distribution. 

President Trump thanked Governor Newsom for distributing an excess of ventilators located in California to other states in need.

“I want to thank Governor Gavin Newsom, who’s done a tremendous job, who has announced California will send 500 ventilators to be distributed to other locations,” said Trump.

President Trump also spoke with former Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon on the administration’s coronavirus response efforts.

“We had a very wonderful and warm conversation… and he gave me his point of view, and I fully understood that. We just had a very friendly conversation that lasted probably about 15 minutes,” said Trump.

President Trump stated the administration is prepared to provide further funds in the case that the money allocated to small businesses through the CARES Act runs out. Small businesses have applied for more than $40 billion in relief.

The United States has now performed over 1,790,000 tests, with over 125,000 tested per day.

PHOTO CREDIT: Official White House photo by Tia Dufour

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