Pelosi says she is 'optimistic' can reach COVID deal with White House

FILE PHOTO: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said she was optimistic Democrats could reach a deal with the Trump administration on additional COVID-19 relief that could get aid out by early next month.

Pelosi, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, said the administration had come a long way on health provisions regarding testing to tackle the outbreak, but that more work was needed to address state and local aid and liability protections, among other areas.

She added that there should be an indication of a possible agreement later on Tuesday.

Reporting by Susan Heavey, Editing by Franklin Paul