-Clampdown comes a day after Donald Trump put Pence in charge of response
-Even NIH virus expert Anthony Fauci is muzzled without prior approval
-News comes after White House unveiled ANOTHER coronavirus coordinator amid market selloff
-Pence said she would oversee the effort
-HHS Secretary Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical exec, leads a coronavirus task force
-Concerns California patient contracted disease without coming into contact with a known traveler or infected person
-Pence himself is appearing on 'Hannity' to discuss the coronovirus
The White House sought Thursday to gain control over an undisciplined communication response to the coronavirus – requiring even top government health experts to run all media appearances through Vice President Mike Pence's office.
The move comes hours after President Donald Trump put Pence in charge of the nation's coronavirus response, drawing immediate attacks from Democrats who scrutinized his record dealing with the spread of AIDS in his home state of Indiana.
Government scientists and health experts must now clear all media appearances in advance with Pence's office, the New York Times reported.