The U.S. government has worked to understand the coronavirus and has taken important steps to limit Americans' exposure to it while also offering crucial assistance to other countries, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar wrote in USA Today on Tuesday.
They cite, among the steps taken, treating the sick, minimizing the spread of the virus, as well as working "swiftly to screen and safely receive American travelers returning from China, and bar foreign travelers who have recently visited the epicenter of the outbreak."
Extensive American help has been offered to the Chinese to combat the virus and the U.S. has facilitated the delivery of vast amounts of medical supplies.
In addition, Pompeo and Azar highlighted "American altruism at its finest" by helping to mobilize resources worldwide to bolster other nations as they fight the virus.
This aid includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff in more than 60 countries working closely with the authorities in each location to control the virus, with the efficient reaction abroad "facilitated by partnerships that America has carefully nurtured over decades."
Pompeo and Azar stressed, "We believe our actions will slow the transmission of the virus to and within the United States and other countries, solidify our ties of friendship with our allies and partners, and help save lives by giving us more time to refine preparedness measures and better understand the virus."
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