The Trump administration is planning to disband the COVID-19 task force set up to fight the pandemic. The decision comes at a time when the death toll has crossed 70,000 in the U.S. President Trump defended his administration’s plans by saying much of their work had been accomplished.
President Trump said in his speech ” So I think as far as the task force Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job but we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form and that form is safety and opening and we’ll have a different group set up for that.”
The task force was set up in February for complex response to the fast-spreading virus. The group was headed by Vice President Mike Pence and reported directly to the president. The task force drew on medical experts to formulate national recommendations on social distancing. However, Trump said Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx would remain advisers after the group is dismantled. The disbanding goes with Trump’s new focus on reopening of the country’s economy. But critics say that the health situation remains critical.
White House spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany said that Trump will continue to be briefed by the medical team. COVID-19 has affected over 3.5 million people worldwide it has claimed 72,284 lives in the U.S.