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WHO Urges Every Country To Prepare For COVID-19 As Disease Continues To Spread; Outbreak Could Impact Development, Humanitarian Efforts, Experts Warn

AP: World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day “Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines, and airports across Latin America looked for signs of sick passengers as a new virus troubled places around the globe. With the number…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss COVID-19 Outbreak

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Challenges of coronavirus disease 2019 Editorial Board “Yet again, the world is experiencing a global viral epidemic of zoonotic origin. … [The recently formed Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission on Preparedness for Emerging Epidemic Threats] will revisit global preparedness planning and assumptions underlying agreements such as the…

Trump Names VP Mike Pence To Coordinate U.S. Government Response To Coronavirus; Trump Downplays Risk As CDC Officials Call On Public To Prepare For Cases

AP: Trump urges calm even as U.S. reports worrisome new virus case “President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn’t inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming. Shortly after Trump…

Congressional Negotiators Discuss COVID-19 Emergency Funding; Members Of Congress Ask HHS Head To Explain Government’s Mixed Messages On Outbreak

POLITICO: Lawmakers spar with Trump team over coordinating coronavirus response “Lawmakers pressured Trump officials Wednesday to ramp up their response to the coronavirus threat with far more funding and better coordination through a new czar, a move the administration debated throughout the day until President Donald Trump appointed his vice…

More New COVID-19 Cases Reported Outside China Than Inside For First Time; WHO DG Tedros Calls For ‘Hope, Courage, Confidence’ Virus Can Be Contained

AP: World battles virus epidemic as cases multiply outside China “Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert, and quarantines were enforced Wednesday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a remote island in the Pacific, as the world worked to halt the fast-spreading…

Media Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Response, Including Vaccine, Diagnostic Research, Health Worker Protections

Devex: MSF ramps up coronavirus response with ‘back-to-basics’ approach (Lieberman, 2/27). The Hill: Health official says coronavirus vaccine will take ‘at least a year to a year and a half’ to develop (Deese, 2/26). MedPage Today: COVID-19 Requires ‘An Entire Village’ of Professionals (Walker, 2/26). NPR: New Test Begins To…

U.S. Health, Trump Administration Officials Send Mixed Messages On Americans’ Coronavirus Risk; CDC Official Warns Residents To Prepare For Spread Of Virus

AP: Trump, U.S. officials send mixed messages on virus risk here “President Donald Trump and his chief economic adviser said Tuesday that the new coronavirus is under control in the U.S., even as the government’s top disease fighters warned Americans to prepare for an outbreak here. The mixed messages came…

Democratic Presidential Candidates Discuss Coronavirus Outbreak, U.S. Response During Debate; Trump Defends Administration’s Actions On Twitter

CBS: Democratic candidates spell out how they would respond to coronavirus outbreak “As the Trump administration grapples with the growing coronavirus outbreak, Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination laid out their roadmaps for how they would respond if they were in the White House. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Former Vice…

News Outlets Examine How International Community Addressing Coronavirus Outbreak

AP: ‘Time is everything’: World braces for spread of new virus (Johnson et al., 2/25). PRI: Iranians skeptical their government can handle the coronavirus outbreak (Jaafari, 2/25). Reuters: E.U. calls for coordinated European response to coronavirus (Chalmers et al., 2/26). Science: The coronavirus seems unstoppable. What should the world do…