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Trump Expresses Dissatisfaction With Fauci’s Comments On Restarting U.S. Economy; South Korea To Ship Coronavirus Testing Kits To U.S. As U.S. Offers Aid To Italy

AP: Fauci comments on U.S. virus response seem to draw Trump’s ire (Sherman/Superville, 4/13). The Guardian: Trump advisers doubt swift reopening as WHO official says virus will ‘stalk human race’ (Luscombe et al., 4/12). The Hill: Trump threatens to withhold visas for countries that don’t quickly repatriate citizens (Axelrod, 4/10).…

Global Health Community Addresses Various Angles Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Brookings: What to do about the coming debt crisis in developing countries Homi Kharas, interim vice president and director of Global Economy and Development at Brookings (4/13). Council on Foreign Relations: The World Health Organization Is Trump’s Latest Target in His COVID-19 Blame Game Stewart M. Patrick, James H. Binger…

Nations’ Protectionist Policies Could Hinder Efforts To Mitigate COVID-19 Pandemic; G20 Health Ministers To Meet; Global Willingness Exists For Debt Repayment Suspension, World Bank Says

New York Times: A New Front for Nationalism: The Global Battle Against a Virus “…Now, just as the world requires collaboration to defeat the coronavirus — scientists joining forces across borders to create vaccines, and manufacturers coordinating to deliver critical supplies — national interests are winning out. This time, the…

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson To Lead Investigation Into Several Aspects Of Coronavirus Pandemic, Including WHO Actions, U.S. Stockpile Preparation

POLITICO: Senate Republicans plan coronavirus probe — with a focus on China “The Senate’s main oversight committee is beginning a wide-ranging probe into the origins of and response to the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson said in an interview on Monday. Johnson (R-Wis.)…

IMF Approves Immediate Debt Relief For 25 Countries, Forecasts Economic Growth Will Be -3%; G7, Faith Groups, AFL-CIO Support Debt Relief For Poor Nations

CNBC Africa: IMF approves immediate debt relief for 25 countries amid COVID-19 crisis “In the wake of the global COVID-19 crisis, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 poor and vulnerable countries…” (4/14). Financial Times: G7 countries back debt relief for poorest…

More News In Global Health

CIDRAP News: Study finds evidence of COVID-19 in air, on hospital surfaces (Beusekom, 4/13). Devex: How is COVID-19 affecting malaria programs? (Ravelo, 4/15). Devex: Australian NGOs start campaigning for international COVID-19 support (Cornish, 4/15). Devex: A virtual pledging conference? Venezuela could be first (Welsh, 4/15). The Guardian: Food rations to…

Trump Moves To Freeze WHO Funding Despite Warnings From U.S. Diplomats; Administration Officials Say Funds Could Be Diverted To Other Aid Groups

Bloomberg: World Health Body a Proxy in U.S.-China Clash “The latest detente between Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping didn’t last long. After vowing last month to fight alongside Xi against the coronavirus, the U.S. president turned his anger [Tuesday] toward the World Health Organization and its ties with…