Ambassador Birx provided an update on data and trends from across the nation, and discussed her recent visits to states in the upper Midwest and western United States, meeting with state, local, and community leaders.
Dr. Fauci provided an update on vaccine and therapeutic developments and the multi-layered, transparent, and independent vaccine approval process.
Secretary Azar and Director Hoelscher led a discussion with General Perna and governors on federal efforts in coordination with state and local governments to distribute a safe and effective vaccine. The discussion focused on planning efforts for areas such as vaccine supply-chain management; funding for state, local, and tribal governments; federal commitment to cover costs for vaccine recipients; coordination with providers; the 64 public health jurisdictions' responsibilities; prioritization of vaccine administration with focus on vulnerable communities; and information management. All 64 public health jurisdictions submitted their vaccine distribution plans to the CDC earlier in October, and CDC provided feedback on these iterative, ongoing documents to states earlier this week.
Several governors highlighted best practices and provided additional perspective on their distribution planning efforts, including Governor Greg Abbott (Texas), Governor John Bel Edwards (La.), Governor Asa Hutchinson (Ark.), and Governor Phil Murphy (N.J.).
Participants from the White House Coronavirus Task Force:
Since January 2020, the Trump Administration has organized and hosted 40 governors-only briefings to drive effective communication and collaboration at every level of government. These briefings total more than 55 hours that included governors' sharing best practices and asking questions more than 350 times. Public health incidents, like natural disasters, are locally executed, state-managed, and federally supported.
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