Beijing has demonstrated an "unprecedented level of transparency" when it comes to dealing with the growing coronavirus outbreak, and the United States stands ready to provide "any and all support," Vice President Mike Pence said Friday.
"The loss of life, the coronavirus that is impacting people of China and fortunately, a small number of people in the United States to date, it's heartbreaking but we stand ready to work with China to provide them any and all support," Pence told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed increased cooperation and the role of the World Health Organization.during a conversation on Thursday, said Pence, and Trump made it clear to Xi that his country has the administration's support.
The Chinese National Health Commission has raised its confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the country to 31,161. The death toll has risen to 636, with one more death in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong, and 11 cases were reported across the United States.
There are several measures in place in China, including travel bans and monitoring citizens for fever and coughs, and Pence joined others in praising the government there for its willingness to share information.
Meanwhile, Trump has taken "unprecedented steps to end airline travel and limit access from China to the United States," said Pence. "We are encouraged by the results. We're encouraged by the numbers."
Administration officials met with leaders from the Centers for Disease Control late Thursday, said Pence.
"We think that the threat here in the United States remains fairly low because of President Trump's decisive action," he said. "But last night president trump also made it clear that the United States of America is ready, willing, and able to deploy resources with the world health organization to help China address this crisis."
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