The White House is discussing disbanding the president’s coronavirus task force, possibly as soon as Memorial Day, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters.
“We’re having conversations about that,” Pence said in a briefing the task force held for reporters on Tuesday, confirming an earlier report by the New York Times.
The White House may transition the government’s response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pence said. A possible timeframe for the move could be late May or early June, he added.
But on Tuesday, Pence portrayed the task force as having accomplished its goal as the U.S. outbreak — the largest in the world — plateaus. There have been nearly 1.2 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 69,000 deaths from the disease, but states are beginning to try to reopen businesses and lift social-distancing regulations as the growth of the outbreak slows.
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