White House Coronavirus Task Force Holds Briefing For First Time In Months, Urges Americans To Increase Mitigation Efforts; Fauci Discusses Pandemic Response In KHN Interview

The Hill: Fauci, Birx urge Americans to take precautions against virus in rare White House appearance
“Top Trump administration health officials made a rare appearance at the White House on Thursday to plead with Americans to redouble their efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. But — even with the country facing a worsening pandemic and ongoing attacks on the electoral process from President Trump — Vice President Pence, Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield did not take questions from the press. It was the first time they had delivered remarks from the White House briefing room in several months…” (Samuels, 11/19).

KHN: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: What Would Dr. Fauci Do?
“…On this special episode of KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ podcast, Fauci sits down for an interview with KHN Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal, a fellow physician. They explore the thorny political landscape and discuss how regular Americans should prepare to get through the coming months — as the pandemic surges and we wait for vaccines to become available…” (11/19).

MedPage Today: CDC Urges Against Thanksgiving Travel
“The CDC weighed in Thursday on the latest burning issue related to the COVID-19 pandemic: Thanksgiving travel. Just stay home, agency officials said in a press call. The agency already had recommendations for Thanksgiving on its website, but held the call to highlight a few notable updates. Now the federal public health authority strongly recommends against any and all travel for Thanksgiving…” (Walker, 11/19).

Additional coverage of the White House Coronavirus Task Force is available from Bloomberg, KHN, New York Times, and Reuters.

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