Monday, April 27, 2020

White House to shift to economic message on coronavirus; Coronavirus immunity not assured after infection - and Other Coronavirus Updates

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios
The White House plans to shift its coronavirus messaging toward boosting the economy and highlighting "success stories" of businesses, reducing its public emphasis on health statistics, according to two officials familiar with the planning.
Driving the news: The Coronavirus Task Force — and the doctors who've become household names, Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci — "will continue but take a back seat to the forward-looking, 'what's next' message," a White House official told Axios.
  • President Trump is expected to make fewer, shorter appearances at press conferences, as we reported on Friday. 
  • Nothing's ever set with Trump, and these decisions will be made day by day. But on Saturday, for the first day in weeks, the White House didn't hold a press briefing and the president made no public appearances.
What we're hearing: "Expect to see a pivot from the White House in the days ahead, focusing on the economy and a more hopeful, forward-looking message," one of these officials said.
  • Trump will host businesses who've been harmed by the coronavirus, and he'll highlight the governors who are reopening their economies in line with the Trump administration's guidelines. 
  • That group pointedly does not include Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. (More on that below.) 
Read the rest of the story HERE and follow links below to related stories and resources:

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WSJ: Coronavirus Updates: More Countries Take Steps to Partially Reopen; J.C. Penney Hit Hard

YAHOO NEWS: Coronavirus live updates: Global death toll surpasses 200,000

NEW YORK POST: Coronavirus Latest

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