White House Coronavirus Briefing Live Stream: How to Watch President Trump's Conference About COVID-19 FDA News

President Donald Trump has announced a press conference will take place today to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak, again referring to the disease as the "Chinese virus."

In a tweet this morning, Trump wrote the briefing will contain "very important news" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), without elaborating. The Coronavirus Task Force—which is being led by Vice President Mike Pence—has been holding regular meetings in recent days.

And like previous briefings, today's is set to be streamed to YouTube via The White House account, and is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. UCT).

Earlier this week, the president was criticized for using the term "Chinese virus" when describing the COVID-19 virus, which has infected more than 200,000 people around the world.

In the U.S., the death toll linked to the respiratory illness has now surpassed 100, with more than 6,400 infections.

During yesterday's briefing, Trump doubled down on his use of the term, saying it was in response to a recent conspiracy theory claiming the U.S. military introduced the novel coronavirus to China.

"China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them," he said, according to the White House transcript. "That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I have to call it where it came from; it did come from China. So I think it's a very accurate term."

In a second tweet today, president Trump claimed he had "always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously" and complimented himself for doing "a very good job from the beginning."

His administration's response to the initial stages of the outbreak has been widely criticized. The Trump administration dismantled a unit responsible for pandemic response in 2018.

As the virus spread, there was a lack of testing kits. In February, Trump said the outbreak was "very much under control in the USA" and noted the stock market was "starting to look very good."

In the media briefing yesterday, Trump said the FDA would "substantially" increase testing for the disease and touted a state-based approach to limiting the spread of the infectious disease.

He said: "All states can now authorize tests developed and used within their borders, in addition to the FDA. So the states are very much involved. They have been involved from the beginning. But we're stepping it up as much as we can, and the testing procedures are going well.

"Within a short period of time, all other private labs will kick in. This has never been done before, and it's going to be something very—I think it's going to be incredible if it's done properly."

Trump declared a national emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 13.

"We're asking every American to partner with us in the effort to combat the coronavirus and be mindful of our vulnerable senior population. We are all in this together," Pence tweeted yesterday.

I will be having a news conference today to discuss very important news from the FDA concerning the Chinese Virus!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020

I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China - against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020
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President Donald Trump speaks during the daily press briefing on the Coronavirus pandemic situation at the White House on March 17, 2020 in Washington, DC BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty