Pence attributes coronavirus spike to young Americans ‘disregarding’ Covid guidance

“What the American people should know is that because of the leadership that President Trump has provided, because of the extraordinary innovation that we have brought to this task, we’re in a much better place to respond to these outbreaks than we were four months ago,” he said. “I mean, today we are now testing 500,000 Americans a day.”

The vice president said there is increased health care capacity, including more personal protective equipment and ventilators. He also defended the federal government’s deference to the states, which some have faulted because it led to a patchwork quilt of rules and regulations.

“We worked closely in partnership with governors to make sure that they had what they needed when they needed it, tailored to the unique circumstances in their states,” he said.

He cited success stories in several states, including New York and “early on in states like Washington.”

“We flattened the curve, we slowed the spread and we did it at a time early in this pandemic where we were just scaling testing up,” Pence said.