Your Friday Briefing – The New York Occasions

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You are right. We are in a war.

You get up, there are a lot of people who need information, which is why I'm talking to you right now. There are journalists, there are congressmen, there are governors, there are legislators, there are people in the federal government who have to be kept informed.

I also run a very large institute that is responsible for the production of vaccines and the development of medicines. So I come in for a few hours, put things on the right track here and then spend more than half a day in the White House with various meetings. I'm with the Vice President for hours. I see the President myself at least an hour a day and maybe more. And then I go back home and have a thousand things to do.

And then you're in luck if you go to bed before midnight and then get up at 4 or 5 in the morning.

What are some of your main focuses now?

My main concern is that we now have a 30-day extension of the policy mitigation. And we have to get the American people to really appreciate that.

We should be ready to adequately address the inevitable upswing that you will see when you begin to reverse the restrictions and eases.

I just had a very interesting conversation this morning with colleagues from around the world about the WHO sponsors' weekly conference call. And it was interesting to me that some of the main concerns of people from different countries – I mean everywhere – Europeans, Africans, Australians, Canadians – were that we have to make sure that we keep an eye on the balance when you are in Things like locking are too strict and keeping people under lock and key for a long period of time can have the unintended consequence that from an economic and social perspective you cause such a disorder that you get things like poverty and health problems that have nothing to do with it the corona virus.

That was it for this briefing. I wish you a good and safe weekend.

– Isabella

Thank you
Melissa Clark provided the recipe and Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh provided the rest of the news break. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

PS
• In addition to "The Daily" we listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci the "Modern Love" podcast. This week, the voices of readers from all over the world will be introduced, speaking about how the corona virus has affected their relationships.
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