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America has prepared for coronavirus for years, Sec. Azar says
US working ‘aggressively’ to mitigate coronavirus in America: Alex Azar
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Alex Azar says our country is prepared to handle the coronavirus if it spreads.
After the stock market took a dramatic fall for a second straight day due to growing coronavirus fears, United States Secretary for Health and Human Services Alex Azar said Americans should stay calm.
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"We have been preparing for decades for the spread of a virus like this, so we know what we're doing," Azar told FOX Business' Lou Dobbs on Tuesday. "This is what we do. And so, I think part of the message to the American people is we all need to take a bit of a deep breath here. The government is working on this."
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President Donald Trump and his chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Tuesday the new coronavirus is under control in the U.S., even as the government's top disease-fighters warned Americans to prepare for an outbreak here.
"We want to treat everybody like adults," Azar added on FOX Business' "Lou Dobbs Tonight." "The president has insisted on radical transparency. That's what the CDC and NIH were doing today, making sure that the American public knows we've aggressively contained this for the moment."
Azar admitted with how it's spreading thus far in the world, "we'll probably see more cases here." He reiterated, however, America has the tools to combat it.
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"We're working with Congress to ensure we've got the right resourcing, and the president's providing the aggressive leadership on this," Azar insisted.
However, lawmakers of both political parties questioned whether the White House's request for $2.5 billion in virus response funding will be enough to prepare the nation.
“If you low-ball something like this, you'll pay for it later,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told Azar earlier in the day.