Vice President Mike Pence said America was better prepared than ever to respond to surging coronavirus cases after a dire warning from the nation’s top infectious diseases expert that the number of new cases could soon top 100,000 a day.
He said the pandemic response was focusing on states seeing a spike in cases, making sure health workers had personal protective equipment, therapeutics, and tests.
Speaking after the second coronavirus task force meeting in two days, Pence said: “We’re ready. We’re more prepared than ever before. And I want the people, particularly in the 12 states that we see rising cases and rising positivity, to know that we’re with them.”
It was the second time Pence addressed Washington reporters in a week on the subject after two months in which the White House Coronavirus Task Force had not held a public briefing.
A surge in cases has seen states such as Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California reverse