White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Sunday said he was “hopeful” that within days there will be an announcement on new treatments for COVID-19.
“We’re hopeful that, with some of the breakthrough technology on therapeutics, that we will be able to announce some new therapies in the coming days,” Meadows said in an interview with ABC News.
The former North Carolina congressman spent the weekend working with Republicans senators to draft a stimulus bill to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Meadows did not elaborate on what the new therapies may be.
“I’m hopeful that, in the next couple of days, that we will have some very good news on the therapeutic and vaccine fronts, as we try to address this China virus,” he repeated in the interview.
The virus has sickened 4.2 million Americans, killed 146,000 and left tens of millions at least temporarily unemployed. Treatments for the virus include the antiviral drug remdesivir and convalescent blood plasma from survivors.
A race to develop a vaccine is projected to be finished by late 2020 at the earliest, according to White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci.
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