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WH virus coordinator Deborah Birx says she will retire

Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, said Tuesday she plans to retire, but is willing to first help President-elect Joe Biden’s team with its coronavirus response as needed. Birx, in an interview with the news site Newsy, did not give a specific timetable on her plans. “I will be helpful in […]

Trump ally Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser on coronavirus

Scott Atlas, the controversial doctor who advised the president and fought against lockdowns, resigned from his post as special adviser to President Trump on Monday. The White House confirmed Atlas has resigned, but would not give a reason why. Fox News first reported Atlas’ departure. Atlas, who is not an immunologist, has made comments at […]

Coronavirus Task Force holds first briefing in nearly two months

Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force are holding a briefing Friday for the first time in nearly two months at 12:30 p.m. Unlike past briefings, it will be held at the Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C., not at the White House. The briefing is expected to be led […]

Trump: COVID-19 task force not dismantling, just refocusing

One day after saying that the COVID-19 task force would be winding down, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that it would continue indefinitely, but focus more on rebooting the economy. Trump tweeted that the panel’s focus would be on “SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN.” Trump’s reversal comes as deaths and infection rates outside […]

White House Coronavirus Task Force to begin winding down

Discussions are underway about winding down the work of the Coronavirus Task Force, Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged to reporters Tuesday, even as the number of deaths and new cases continue to mount, generally plateauing but not declining, as states begin to reopen. The administration’s work on testing and bolstering the national stockpile will continue, […]

Coronavirus Task Force members give updates on COVID-19 response

Coronavirus Task Force members are holding a press briefing Thursday morning to give updates on the U.S. government response to COVID-19. At Wednesday’s briefing, President Trump announced he will invoke the Defense Production Act, which will speed up and expand the supply of resources from the country’s industrial base, particularly to increase the production of […]