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White House Orders U.S. Intelligence Agencies To Investigate WHO, China Over COVID-19 Handling; U.S. Lists Reforms For WHO, Calls For Inclusion Of Taiwan At WHA, Places Restrictions On Aid Funding For PPE

ABC: White House orders intel agencies to investigate China, World Health Organization “The White House has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to review intercepted communications and other data to see whether China and possibly the World Health Organization concealed information early on about the novel coronavirus, two administration officials told ABC…

U.S. House Committee Launches Inquiry Into Trump Administration’s WHO Funding Suspension; Administration Cuts Funding To EcoHealth Alliance; President’s National Security Briefings Repeatedly Warned About Early Outbreak

CNN: House Foreign Affairs Committee launches inquiry into Trump’s decision to suspend World Health Organization funding “The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee announced Monday he is opening an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to withhold funding to the World Health Organization. In a letter to Secretary of…

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…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Bloomberg: Coronavirus Chaos Is the IMF’s Biggest Test Ever Clive Crook, Bloomberg Opinion columnist (4/14). Bloomberg: Trump’s Funding Cut Won’t Fix the WHO’s Problems David Fickling, Bloomberg Opinion columnist (4/15). Financial Times: Only victory in Africa can end the pandemic everywhere 18 African and European leaders (4/14). Foreign Policy: We…

Bipartisan Pair Of U.S. Senators Introduce Bill To Create National Global Health Coordinator, Council; Media Outlets Examine Trump, Other Administrations’ Pandemic Readiness

AP: Signs missed and steps slowed in Trump’s pandemic response “…When Trump spoke in Switzerland [in January], weeks’ worth of warning signs already had been raised. In the ensuing month, before the president first addressed the crisis from the White House, key steps to prepare the nation for the coming…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Wall Street Journal: Billionaires Have Their Uses Editorial Board (4/7). Devex: Opinion: Elections and COVID-19 — what we learned from Ebola Anthony Banbury, president and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (4/8). Financial Times: How to marshal a crowd to launch a moonshot against Covid-19 Anjana Ahuja, contributing…

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…

Global Health Community Addresses U.S. Response To COVID-19 Pandemic

Council on Foreign Relations: U.S. Coronavirus Response: Who’s In Charge of What? Lindsay Maizland, writer and editor with the Council on Foreign Relations (4/7). CSIS: A Covid-19 Response Corps Can Help Stop the Pandemic U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Ami Bera (D-Calif.), members of the CSIS Commission on Strengthening…

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