White House Coronavirus Task Force

The White House Coronavirus Task Force is a United States Department of State task force that "coordinates and oversees the Administration's efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread" of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).[1] It was established on January 29, 2020.[2]

The Task Force is chaired by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Deborah Birx is the response coordinator.[3]

BackgroundEdit

 
President Trump and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force brief the media on March 16, 2020.

The first known case in the United States of COVID-19 was confirmed in the state of Washington on January 20, 2020, in a 35-year-old man who had returned from Wuhan, China on January 15.[4] The White House Coronavirus Task Force was established on January 29.[2] On January 31, the Trump administration declared a public health emergency,[5] and placed travel restrictions on entry for travellers from China.[6]

On March 10, 2020, The Hill reported that U.S. Senate Republicans who had attended a briefing with President Donald Trump had encouraged him to hold more briefings and to make Anthony Fauci the "face of the federal government's response" because according to an unnamed senator, "he has credibility", he "speaks with authority" and he "has respect in the medical community."[7] The role of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was downsized, according to the Wall Street Journal, with Pence taking a larger role.[8]

The task force has used press briefings to communicate updates, guidelines, and policy changes to the public during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in the US.[9][10]

MembersEdit

Task Force Member Role Notes
  Mike Pence Vice President of the United States, Chair of White House Coronavirus Task Force Appointed February 26, 2020[3]
  Deborah Birx United States Global AIDS Coordinator, Response coordinator for White House Coronavirus Task Force Appointed February 26, 2020[3]
  Jerome Adams Surgeon General of the United States Added February 26, 2020[3]
  Alex Azar United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Stephen Biegun United States Deputy Secretary of State Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Robert Blair Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Ben Carson United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Added March 1, 2020[11]
  Ken Cuccinelli Acting United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Kelvin Droegemeier Director of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy Added March 1, 2020[11]
  Anthony Fauci Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Joe Grogan Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Stephen Hahn United States Commissioner of Food and Drugs Added March 1, 2020[11]
  Derek Kan Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in the Office of Management and Budget Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Larry Kudlow Director of the National Economic Council Added February 26, 2020[3]
  Chris Liddell Assistant to the President and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Steven Mnuchin United States Secretary of the Treasury Added February 26, 2020[3]
  Robert O'Brien National Security Advisor Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Matthew Pottinger Deputy National Security Advisor Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Robert R. Redfield Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Joel Szabat Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in the United States Department of Transportation Appointed January 29, 2020[2]
  Seema Verma Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Added March 2, 2020[12]
  Robert Wilkie United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Added March 2, 2020[12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019)". U.S. Department of State. March 13, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the President's Coronavirus Task Force" (Press release). White House. January 29, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Santucci J (February 27, 2020). "What we know about the White House coronavirus task force now that Mike Pence is in charge". USA Today. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Holshue ML, DeBolt C, Lindquist S, Lofy KH, et al. (March 2020). "First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States". N. Engl. J. Med. 382 (10): 929–936. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa2001191. PMID 32004427.
  5. ^ Aubrey A (January 31, 2020). "Trump Declares Coronavirus A Public Health Emergency And Restricts Travel From China". NPR. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus". White House.
  7. ^ Bolton A (March 10, 2020). "GOP senators tell Trump to make Fauci face of government's coronavirus response". The Hill. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Armour S, Burton TM (March 11, 2020). "HHS Secretary Is Largely Sidelined in U.S. Effort to Battle Coronavirus". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 16, 2020 – via Proquest.
  9. ^ McCaskill N, Kenen J, Cancryn A (March 16, 2020). "'This is a very bad one': Trump issues new guidelines to stem coronavirus spread". Politico. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  10. ^ Cohen J (March 22, 2020). "'I'm going to keep pushing.' Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts of the pandemic". Science Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c "Vice President Pence and Secretary Azar Add Key Administration Officials to the Coronavirus Task Force" (Press release). White House. March 1, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Chalfant M (March 2, 2020). "White House adds VA secretary, CMS chief to coronavirus task force". The Hill. Retrieved March 16, 2020.

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