White House Deputy Chief of Staff optimistic that Americans will return to everyday life in the next few months

White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. John Fleming.
White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. John Fleming.(Will Thomas)
Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 5:20 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. John Fleming spoke with Wyoming News Now on Friday. Fleming is also assistant to President Donald Trump for planning and implementation. He spends a lot of his time with the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Fleming started by saying the COVID-19 pandemic is not going away, but we have learned to live with it a lot better.

“One of the ways is just simply observing the three W’s. Watching your distance, washing your hands and wearing a mask, and there are different ways that we can mitigate this but these are the main ways we do it, and we’re now developing a vaccine as you know, and we have therapeutics and we’re getting great results from those therapeutics," said Fleming.

We then asked Fleming if he believed the vaccines being developed will be safe when they are ready to be distributed in the U.S.

“We have four vaccine candidates that are now in the final phase of testing and all the preliminary results at this point have been excellent. So by the time it’s deemed ready to give to the public, and it’s been approved by career professionals, not elected people of the administration, but career professionals, it will be ready to go,” said Fleming.

We then asked Fleming what he would say to the American people as we move forward.

“The American public should be very optimistic at this point, again doctors have learned how to deal with this disease. We as a society have learned how to mitigate it. The Trump administration with the help of Congress has spent trillions of dollars developing techniques, and therapeutics, and now vaccines, so that we can return to a near normal life until the pandemic ends in a few months,” said Fleming.

Fleming said the country needs to continue protecting its vulnerable, but believes America will return to a normal life sooner, rather than later.

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