Vice President Mike Pence and one of the top U.S. health officials said reopening the country’s economy hinges on the government seeing major communities at the end of their coronavirus outbreaks and developing treatments for the disease, among other hurdles.
“Let’s be clear: Reopening the country, as the president is very anxious to do at the earliest responsible moment, will be through a combination of facts,” Pence said Thursday evening at a White House briefing.
Most major communities must be “at the end” of their outbreaks, said Pence, who leads the White House’s coronavirus task force. The country also should have widespread testing available, therapeutics for Americans who contract the disease, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how large and small businesses can operate safely.
The comments were among the most detailed yet from the administration about its parameters for urging citizens back to work. The U.S. continues to lead the world in cases, but has begun to see caseloads level off in the worst hotspots, while other communities are just at the start of their outbreaks.
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