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Trump Administration Warned, Held Simulations About Respiratory Disease Outbreak, Experts Say; Senate Democrat Proposes Legislation Calling For Permanent Pandemic Coordinator As Kushner’s Coronavirus Team Sows Confusion

The Hill: Senate Democrat introduces legislation requiring permanent pandemic coordinator “Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation on Thursday requiring the administration to appoint a permanent pandemic prevention and response coordinator to the National Security Council (NSC) amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The proposed legislation follows President Trump’s decision in…

Countries Worldwide Facing Challenges In Containing Spread Of Coronavirus

AFRICA AP: As virus spreads, Africa gets supplies from China’s Jack Ma (Meseret/Meldrum, 3/22). NPR: African Countries Respond Quickly To Spread Of COVID-19 (Beaubien, 3/21). Reuters: Tunisia allocates $850 million to combat effects of coronavirus (Amara, 3/21). Reuters: Angola, Eritrea, Uganda confirm first cases as coronavirus spreads in Africa (Obulutsa,…

Global Health Community Publishes Blog Posts On COVID-19

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): Battered health systems brace for the impact of coronavirus Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis at MSF (3/20). Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): MSF sends inflatable hospital and emergency team to Iran to help fight coronavirus outbreak (3/22). Think Global Health: Where WASH…

Media Outlets Examine Efforts To Identify, Test COVID-19 Treatments

ABC: Blood clot medicine, an HIV treatment and other drugs studied for coronavirus fight (Salzman, 3/21). New York Times: Scientists Identify 69 Drugs to Test Against the Coronavirus (Zimmer, 3/22). Science: WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments (Kupferschmidt/Cohen, 3/22). STAT: Gilead pauses access to experimental…

WHO Issues New TB Prevention Guidance; Global Health Community Recognizes World TB Day

WHO: New WHO recommendations to prevent tuberculosis aim to save millions of lives “New World Health Organization (WHO) guidance will help countries accelerate efforts to stop people with tuberculosis (TB) infection becoming sick with TB by giving them preventive treatment. A quarter of the world’s population is estimated to be…

Experts Express Safety, Supply Concerns Over Malaria Drug Touted By Trump To Treat COVID-19

Wall Street Journal: Trump Claim That Malaria Drugs Treat Coronavirus Sparks Warnings, Shortages “Health officials across the world are issuing warnings over the use of antimalarial drugs after President Trump’s comments about treating the coronavirus with them sparked panic-buying and overdoses. In recent days, thousands of consumers across Africa and…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Financial Times: India’s virus battle shows struggle of global south Editorial Board “…[India’s] struggle to contain the outbreak is emblematic of special challenges facing much of the developing world. Its response will carry lessons for others. … Many problems India will face in preventing the spread of the pandemic are…

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