White house takes measures to ensure the protection of health care workers from coronavirus, hours before Trump in the Oval Office address

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President Trump stressed that his top priority is the health of the nation, but the economy, in order to stay healthy, as well as, chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

The White house on Wednesday took steps to ensure the safety of health care workers, as they deal with the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus.

President Trump signed a memorandum directing his Cabinet to make General-use masks available to staff in the health sector, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a letter on an authorization to provide millions of General-use respirators, to employees in the health sector.

“President Trump focuses on the health of the American people, and its government has taken measures to provide protection, to allow manufacturers to make the production of millions of additional masks for our service providers in the health sector,” the White house said in a statement.


The statement was released just hours before Trump expected to address the nation on the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the World Health organization (WHO) on Wednesday, a global pandemic.

Trump is expected to announce an executive order insisting on American-made medical supplies and medicines, in response to the Corona-Virus outbreak.


Word about the planned announcement, of a person who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity, comes amid the turmoil Wednesday in the unfolding of the crisis. Confirmed cases in the United States, topping 1,000; fluctuations in the financial markets continue to be and Washington to respond effort.

The White house is also considering a variety of aggressive responses, additional Federal dollars and to bear in mind that the administration was the first response to the pandemic sufficiently.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Concerns about the diversification of the supply chain and reduction of the United States in reliance on imports, including from China, during a private lunch with Trump and GOP senators this week.


Trump seemed to agree with the senator’s outlook, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.


Rubio praised the upcoming announcement.

He called in the expected order “a very strong first step in the direction of increasing the domestic production, through the enforcement of Buy American requirements for pharmaceuticals and medical consumables, as well as fast-tracking approval” by the Food and Drug Administration of the “critical products affected by the Corona-Virus-outbreak-strain on the supply chain.”

Fox News’ Kelly Chernenkoff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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