Vice President Mike Pence and the Coronavirus emergency response team are doing everything they can to protect Americans from the disease which has already killed thousands of people around the world—an overwhelming majority of those deaths have occurred in China, the originator of the Coronavirus.
One of the actions the vice president and his team have taken includes praying. While the contents of the prayer can only be speculated, several people online had a problem with the tactic and a photo of the group that was publically shared.
Several others supported Pence and said they saw the value and wisdom in praying during the crisis:
A touching & powerful photo of @VP @Mike_Pence & the President’s Coronavirus Taskforce praying when they met last week in his office. Thank you VP Pence and each one who is serving. Let’s join them in asking God for His wisdom, direction, & help in the response to this virus. pic.twitter.com/9tbMhSWe7d
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) March 2, 2020
Prayer is good. You should try it. https://t.co/2rLVXVGrhB
— Chris Hansen (@tankcat) March 2, 2020
Mocking people for praying is not a great look, especially when it clearly isn’t mutually exclusive with taking other steps to address the virus. https://t.co/3lvS4Ag5K8
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) March 2, 2020
Thomas would have HATED the Founding Fathers https://t.co/Ag0VrHH5vX
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) March 2, 2020
When have faithful Christians ever contributed anything to science other than discovering heliocentrism, genetics, the Big Bang, acoustics, bacteriology, and atomic theory?
Unscientific Christians don't even understand that babies aren't babies and men are actually women! https://t.co/XlzkrgJu5K
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) March 2, 2020
Criticize Mike Pence all you want for being inept in his strategy to dealing with this. But mocking him for praying—like 79% of Americans have done in the past 3 months—is why so many regular Americans despise wine-and-cheese liberals. ✔️ https://t.co/LCHG5MhFxg
— Jonathan Merritt (@JonathanMerritt) March 2, 2020
Maybe you’re screwed. I’m praying with them.
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) March 2, 2020
I have no problem with this. The intolerance of the left is insightful.
— Travelin Man (@RScootman) March 2, 2020
You have a debased mind if you are going to reject God and then mock Christianity. Prayer is always good in anything anyone does, I could share a miracle that saved my brother but you would just mock that too.
— Loved & Imperfec†🇺🇸 (@RayneNGrace) March 2, 2020
Making fun of Christians and faith will not have the effect that you hope for.
— Alisa Allen (@AlisaAl47676195) March 2, 2020
I'm not very religious, but very thankful that we have a VP that prays even for me.
— Marius Hurton-Text TRUMP to 88022 (@HurtonMarius) March 2, 2020
Pence appeared on several morning news programs over the weekend where he updated their respective viewers on the status of the Coronavirus.
One of the issues at the center of his address was the potential impact it could have in America.
“The reality … is that for most people that contract the coronavirus, they will recover,” Pence during a segment on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But for people that have other conditions, that would militate toward a worse outcome, that we could have more sad news.”
Pence’s media blitzkrieg was sandwiched between news stories of the first American death to the virus and the second, something the vice president addressed.
He recognized one individual died and others were affected during NBC’s “Meet The Press” and said it was likely that both numbers would go up. He subsequently calmed worries when he said the country was more prepared to handle the virus than ever before after fixing an error in an initial screening test.
On Sunday evening, health officials from King County in Washington reported that a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions had died, the second reported death in the U.S. It was one of four new cases the county reported. All were residents of LifeCare, the skilled nursing facility where resident and an employee have already tested positive.
Pence, whom President Donald Trump tapped to lead the response to the outbreak, acknowledged the United States has lagged other countries in terms of distributing testing kits, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that “it’s a very fair question” and that the administration is “addressing it.” It is unclear which senior health officials, at which agencies, knew about the CDC test problems and when they learned of them. HHS is convening a team of scientists from outside the CDC to investigate the test development and its flaws, according to an HHS spokesperson.
In New York, a woman in her late 30s contracted the virus while traveling abroad in Iran, and is currently quarantined at home.
The CDC has officially confirmed 22 cases in the U.S. so far, including at least four in which people were infected without traveling to an affected country or coming into contact with anyone known to have the disease, though that number is expected to climb once state results are confirmed.
Pence said four patients remain in serious condition.
“If someone comes to a local hospital and complains of a respiratory illness, we’re not just testing them for the flu, we’re also testing them, in more cases now, for coronavirus,” Pence said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.“ “And that’s how several of the cases that came to light at the end of this week came to our attention.“