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Trump’s Remarks On Slowing Down Coronavirus Testing In U.S. Draw Criticism From Democrats, Public Health Experts, Others

Washington Post: Democrats, public health experts decry Trump for saying he asked officials to slow down coronavirus testing “President Trump’s Saturday night remark that he asked officials to ‘slow the [coronavirus] testing down’ sparked harsh rebukes from experts and frustration from his own staffers, who say it undercuts their efforts…

Destruction Of Natural World Increases Risk Of Zoonotic Diseases; COVID-19 Lockdowns Increase Poaching; WWF Recommends Closing ‘High Risk’ Meat Markets

AP: Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa “…In many parts of the developing world, coronavirus lockdowns have sparked concern about increased illegal hunting that’s fueled by food shortages and a decline in law enforcement in some wildlife protection areas. At the same time, border closures and travel restrictions slowed…

Emissions Rebounding As Countries Reopen Following Coronavirus Lockdowns; Global Opinion Poll Finds Widespread Support For Stricter Air Quality Regulations, Enforcement

New York Times: In 5 Countries, Overwhelming Majorities Want Cleaner Air, Poll Finds “The coronavirus lockdown has fed a common desire in some very different countries: the need for cleaner air and support for tougher government rules to get rid of pollution, according to an opinion poll made public on…

Media Outlets Examine U.S. Preparedness For, Vulnerabilities In Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Washington Post: Before the pandemic, top contractor received billions from government to help prepare the nation for biowarfare “As it races to create a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the Trump administration this month announced that one of its largest pandemic-related contracts would go to a little-known biodefense company named…

Disease Outbreaks Result From Destruction Of Nature, U.N., WHO, WWF International Warn; Smoke From Tropical Forest Fires Could Worsen COVID-19 Impacts

The Guardian: Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say U.N. and WHO “Pandemics such as coronavirus are the result of humanity’s destruction of nature, according to leaders at the U.N., WHO, and WWF International, and the world has been ignoring this stark reality for decades. … [The organizations’ leaders] are…

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