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WATCH: Trump Jumps in to Help Reporter Press FEMA Chief on When Masks Will Get to Hospitals at Coronavirus Briefing

Added 03-21-20 03:34:03pm EST - “The White House held a coronavirus updates briefing on Saturday that among other things covered a great deal of information about the availability of the N95 masks and protective gear for medical prof” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “WATCH: Trump Jumps in to Help Reporter Press FEMA Chief on When Masks Will Get to Hospitals at Coronavirus Briefing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The White House held a coronavirus updates briefing on Saturday that among other things covered a great deal of information about the availability of the N95 masks and protective gear for medical professionals. There were a number of questions and no small amount of confusion.

It was so pressing a matter, in fact, that one reporter pressing for specifics from FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor got an unlikely assist.

The question being asked was when doctors and nurses “can expect to actually receive” the N95 masks that the task force has reported are now available by the millions thanks to regulatory changes. Vice President Mike Pence responded first, explaining that availability has increased, but not specifically answering about when the masks will be in the hands of the healthcare professionals who need them. “We’re making those available” he said several times.

“We are still hearing from doctors and nurses about the shortage, when exactly can they expect to receive these masks, though,” he was asked again. Pence then turned it over to Gaynor.

Gaynor went on at length about matching up supply with demand, and saying “we’ll prioritize those scarce resources, because every single Governor across the country is looking for the exact same thing.”

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