The move taps the Federal Emergency Management Agency to participate more in the response, while unleashing billions in funding.
UPDATE (3:34 P.M.): President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in his latest bid to combat the escalating coronavirus crisis.
Trump said the move would free up $50 billion in additional funding. He also said he would allow Health and Human Services to waive certain regulations and laws to more quickly deliver testing and care for coronavirus patients.
“No resource will be spared,” Trump said.
Trump’s decision comes after his administration has faced weeks of criticism for failing to adequately respond to the spreading disease, which has killed more than 5,000 people worldwide and infected tens of thousands.
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