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Chinese Diplomats Defend Country’s COVID-19 Response; Trump Administration Looks To Shift WHO Funding To Other Groups As House Democrats Call For Funding Resumption

AP: China’s diplomats show teeth in defending virus response “From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. They belong to a new…

U.S. Intelligence Community Investigating Possibility Novel Coronavirus Could Be Used As Bioweapon; Former U.N. Ambassador Power Discusses Importance Of Pandemic Security

POLITICO: Officials probe the threat of a coronavirus bioweapon “The Pentagon and the intelligence community are more forcefully investigating the possibility that adversaries could use the novel coronavirus as a bioweapon, according to defense and intelligence officials, in a shift that reflects the national security apparatus’ evolving understanding of the…

Female World Leaders Show Decisive Action, Use Effective Messaging During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington Post: Female world leaders hailed as voices of reason amid the coronavirus chaos “…[Sint Maarten Prime Minister Silveria] Jacobs is one of several female world leaders who have won recognition as voices of reason amid the coronavirus pandemic. They have attracted praise for effective messaging and decisive action, in…

E.U. Warns Of Difficulty Procuring Medical Equipment; U.S. Considers Lifting Coronavirus Aid Freeze, Denies Diverting Medical Supplies From China Meant For Brazil

Financial Times: E.U. warns of global bidding war for medical equipment “A ‘global scramble’ for anti-coronavirus medical equipment has broken out, a top Brussels official has warned, after days of angry claims by countries that cargoes have been suddenly diverted to the U.S. Janez Lenarcic, the E.U.’s crisis management commissioner,…

Trump Administration, U.S. Lawmakers Take Varied Approaches To Countering Chinese Propaganda On Coronavirus Pandemic

New York Times: China’s Coronavirus Battle Is Waning. Its Propaganda Fight Is Not. “…As the pandemic unleashes the worst global crisis in decades, China has been locked in a public relations tug-of-war on the international stage. China’s critics, including the Trump administration, have blamed the Communist Party’s authoritarian leadership for…

Trump Criticizes WHO Response To COVID-19 Pandemic, Threatens To Freeze Funding, Downplays Early Warnings Of Epidemic From Trade Adviser Navarro; Republican-Backed House Resolution Calls For Defunding WHO Until Change Of Leadership

AP: Trump blasts world health group, defends early virus steps “President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had ‘missed the call’ on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also played down the release of January memos from a senior adviser…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss COVID-19 Pandemic, Response

Washington Post: Clarity is essential amid this pandemic, yet the Trump administration sends mixed messages Editorial Board (4/6). The Atlantic: The 9/11 Era Is Over Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security adviser to Barack Obama (4/6). Bloomberg: Coronavirus Is Killing Lopez Obrador’s Big Plans for Mexico Shannon K. O’Neil, senior…

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