Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days'

Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days'
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White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship MORE said Sunday that the administration is “hopeful” it can announce new therapies to treat the coronavirus “in the coming days.”

Meadows told ABC’s “This Week” that the White House has been “working around the clock,” with a focus on COVID-19 therapeutics, vaccines and mitigation therapies 

“The president has been very clear — whatever amount of money and whatever amount of time needs to be invested, we’re doing that,” the White House chief of staff said.

"We're hopeful that with some of the breakthrough technology on therapeutics that we'll be able to announce some new therapies in the coming days,” he added. 

The former North Carolina representative defended the White House’s actions during the pandemic after host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Top aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock Chris Christie: Trump's legal team has been 'a national embarrassment' MORE asked whether it could have done more to control the outbreak. 

“We actually took unprecedented steps. Not only did the president shut down travel from China and Europe long before even the medical experts were suggesting we should do so, and then we shut down the economy to try to mitigate the damage,” Meadows said. 

“We’re not gonna have a solution to this,” he said. “It’s not masks. It’s not shutting down the economy. Hopefully it is American ingenuity that will allow for therapies and vaccines to ultimately conquer this.”

Meadows's comments come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE acknowledged last week that the virus will “get worse before it gets better,” a change in tone after the president had downplayed the case surges in states such as Florida and Texas.

Last week, the U.S. surpassed 4 million COVID-19 infections, reaching more than 4.1 million cases and at least 146,484 deaths by Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The administration made its largest investment in “Operation Warp Speed,” the vaccine development effort, last week by funneling almost $2 billion to Pfizer and a smaller German biotechnology company.