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The White House Will 'Wind Down' Coronavirus Task Force Around Memorial Day

The White House Will 'Wind Down' Coronavirus Task Force Around Memorial Day

Donald Trump is phasing out the coronavirus task force amid the pandemic.

The 73-year-old President of the United States will “start to wind down” the task force around Memorial Day, according to a senior White House official via CNN on Tuesday (May 5).

“We will continue to have key medical experts advising (President Donald Trump) daily and accessible to press throughout the coming months ahead,” the senior official said.

That said, a senior administration official told CNN to “expect members of the task force to still be involved in conversations with governors and industry leaders because the White House is aware that leaders still want to hear from doctors as they reopen their states and businesses.”

Prominent doctors including Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci will still play “an important advisory role” in the process, according to the report.

The rate of the country’s daily new cases and reported deaths have plateaued, according to the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center. But the model created by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projected U.S. eaths to doublee to 134,000 by August 4.

The task force’s end may never be officially announced and no replacement group appears ready to launch in its place, according to the New York Times.

“This does not mean doctors are being removed from the equation or pushed out,” a senior official told CNN, but the shift is moving towards the economy “and putting Americans back to work.”

“Members of the task force will continue providing input, though the group but will not be meeting as regularly as the focus changes toward vaccines, therapeutics, testing, and ultimately reopening the economy. Keep in mind the task force was always a temporary arrangement. Health experts will continue providing input even while not meeting together every day,” the senior official went on to say.

The death toll amid the pandemic has just pushed past the 70,000 mark in the United States.

President Trump recently went viral for this misspelling on Twitter.

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