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Vice President Mike Pence takes questions following a visits to the General Motors/Ventec ventilator production facility in Kokomo, Ind., Thursday, April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence meets with DeSantis in Tampa to discuss COVID-19

Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis answered questions related to the coronavirus in Tampa Thursday. The two leaders discussed Florida’s case milestone and the state’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As we’re continuing to see that rise in testing and cases in Florida, one of the big takeaways from the vice president is equipping Florida to make sure we can bring those numbers down.

Pence highlighted statewide testing and urged young people to avoid crowds, contact and closed spaces with others.

The vice president and governor took part in a roundtable discussion, which included the FDA commissioner. The commissioner emphasized the number of therapies available, as well as clinical trials for vaccines.

Although we have more daily cases in Florida, Pence says we are better prepared to confront the virus than earlier this year.

“We’re in a much better place than even two months ago to be able to treat people who’ve contracted the coronavirus,” Pence said. “And I hope that message more than anything else comes through today.”

Looking at job numbers, the vice president also said nearly 5 million jobs were created in the last month.
You can watch their media briefing below:

Reporter:Stephanie Byrne
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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