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CBS News 5 May 2020

Pence says White House to wind down coronavirus task force

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Vice President Mike Pence says the White House coronavirus task force could start winding down in coming weeks. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid was on the phone with a top member of the task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, when this news broke. She spoke to CBSN's Lana Zak about what he told her.


The White House is considering winding down its coronavirus task force by Memorial Day, according to Vice President Mike Pence. Politico White House correspondent and associate editor Anita Kumar discusses the news and the rest of the day's political headlines.
The decision, according to Vice President Pence, is due to the "progress we've made as a country." This comes as ousted HHS official Dr. Bright, in a new whistleblower complaint obtained by NBC News, says he was retaliated against for resisting "efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections."
President Trump was asked about his change of opinion to keep the coronavirus task force active during a White House meeting with nurses.
At the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration would be speaking to all 50 state governors about how the invocation of the Defense Production Act will affect testing. Watch his remarks.

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