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Statement from EPA Administrator Wheeler on President Trump’s Coronavirus Address

March 11, 2020

I applaud the President for his leadership during this unique time in our Nation’s history. He continues to take swift action to protect the safety, security and health of all Americans.

At EPA, we continue to monitor this evolving situation and communicate regularly with our employees, and the American people. Last week we published a list of EPA approved disinfectants, and earlier this week we notified registrants of disinfectants that due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the agency is expediting the review of submission from companies requesting to add Emerging Viral Pathogens claims to their already registered surface disinfectant labels. This action will help move these disinfectants to the market more quickly, without diminishing the scope of the review to ensure safety and quality of the product. By prioritizing these reviews, we are ensuring that Americans will have access to all approved and market available surface disinfectant products.

At EPA, we will continue to work with our federal partners and take actions to support the American people during this pandemic.