White House says Trump's vaccine claims about Ebola, not coronavirus - (CNBC via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump was referring to Ebola, and not the novel coronavirus, when he claimed during a recent exchange with reporters that "we're very close to a vaccine," reported CNBC.

  • The news source also reported that Trump downplayed the threat of COVID-19 to the US, saying, "we're really down to probably 10" cases.

  • There are currently 53 confirmed US cases of the infection, with most of those involving people repatriated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus in China, or the Princess Cruise line.

  • Meanwhile, the Trump administration is planning to ask Congress for $2.5 billion in emergency funds to fight the spread of COVID-19.

  • The emergency spending bill asks Congress for more than $1 billion to go toward vaccines, and also includes money for therapeutics, vaccine development and stockpiling personal protective equipment, an official from the Office of Management and Budget said.

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