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Washington, Feb 26 (Canadian-Media): It was declared by U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday that the U.S. is ready to face the threats of the coronavirus, and designated his vice-president Mike Pence to oversee the nation's response, , media reports said.
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Pence would along with the government's top health authorities and Trump's earlier-appointed coronavirus task force.
A 15th case of coronavirus Wednesday was announced by the U.S. government, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 60.
“Our aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working and is responsible for the low levels of cases we have so far. However, we do expect more cases,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Earlier this week Trump had told Congress that his government was in need of $2.5 billion US to fight the virus.
Seeking to minimize fears of the virus spreading widely across the country, Trump said he was ready to spend whatever's appropriate even if that meant the extra billions of dollars that Democrats have said is necessary to beef up the U.S. response.
"We're very, very ready for this, for anything," even if it's "a breakout of larger proportions," Trump told a news conference.
“President Trump’s made clear from the very days of in administration we have no higher priority than the safety, security, health and well-being of the American people,” Pence said.
“And from the first word of an outbreak of the coronavirus, the president took unprecedented steps to protect the American people from the spread of this disease.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar outlined the task force’s goals.
“There are five major priorities...first, expanding our surveillance network, second, support for state and local governments’ work, third and fourth, development of therapeutics and vaccines, and fifth, manufacturing and purchase of personal protective equipment like gowns and masks,” Azar said.