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US President Trump has appointed his Vice-President Mike Pence to coordinate the federal government response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Each males instructed a White Home information convention that the danger to the American individuals remained very low.
The announcement got here as new instances of Covid-19, the an infection attributable to the Wuhan coronavirus, proceed to unfold at a speedy tempo world wide.
Sixty instances have to date been reported within the US.
Minutes after the White Home information convention, the authorities confirmed one other US case of Covid-19.
Addressing the press, Mr Trump expressed confidence that the US would be capable of deal with coronavirus.
“We’re very, very prepared for this,” Mr Trump mentioned. Researchers had been “quickly creating” a vaccine, he mentioned.
Nevertheless, Anthony Fauci, Director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, mentioned he didn’t anticipate a vaccine to be prepared for a 12 months to a year-and-a-half on the earliest.
The information convention got here as Mr Trump was criticised for earlier suggesting in a tweet that the media had fanned pointless alarm over coronavirus “to make the Caronavirus [sic] look as dangerous as attainable”.
“USA in nice form!” he tweeted.
Nevertheless, he admitted at his information convention that the US ought to put together in case the virus unfold. “Each side of our society must be ready,” he mentioned.
He contradicted public well being officers who earlier warned that unfold of the virus to the US was a matter of when, not if. “I do not suppose it’s inevitable,” Mr Trump instructed reporters.
He credited choices to restrict sure flights into the US with containing the variety of infections.
Alex Azar, the US well being secretary, mentioned the White Home had developed a plan to give attention to 5 priorities, together with higher illness surveillance, native authorities response coordination, creating therapeutics, and rising manufacturing of non-public well being safety gear, like masks.
Extra US instances are to be anticipated, Mr Azar mentioned.