U.S. ‘patient one’ spurs one of many COVID-19 drug trials (June 11)

U.S. ‘patient one’ spurs one of many COVID-19 drug trials (June 11)   Dr. George Diaz, an infectious diseases expert at Providence Regional Medical Center in Washington state, recently spoke of treating the first confirmed patient with COVID-19 in the United States. The patient was admitted to the Everett, Washington, hospital with symptoms typical of  COVID-19 ...
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U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)

U.S. faith-based groups fight COVID-19 worldwide (May 20)   U.S. donors of all major religions are helping fight COVID-­19 at home and abroad. The United States’ diverse religious communities are setting up emergency hospitals, trucking meals across the country, and supporting small businesses around the world. In early April,  faith-based humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse  set up an emergency field hospital ...
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Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)

Iran struggles with economy broken by regime failures (May 20)   The Iranian regime is struggling to avoid economic disaster after the regime’s years of economic mismanagement and terrorist financing. More than 7 million Iranians have lost their jobs or been furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis, regime spokesman Ali Rabiei recently acknowledged, according to Voice ...
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U.S. researchers map COVID-19 cases to predict future needs (May 15)

U.S. researchers map COVID-19 cases to predict future needs (May 15) Researchers from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute have won a $10 million, five-year computing grant from the U.S. government’s National Science Foundation in order to map cases of the new coronavirus and anticipate how communities will be affected. The institute’s researchers develop technologies ...
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Scholars from U.S. exchange program fight COVID-19 (May 13)

Scholars from U.S. exchange program fight COVID-19 (May 13)   Scholars around the world who have been part of the  State Department’s Fulbright Program  are using their experience to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fulbright Program, in partnership with more than 160 countries, gives students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists of all backgrounds the opportunity to ...
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Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

Indo-Pacific Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for ...
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Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)

Transatlantic Cooperation on COVID-19 (May 12)   As President Trump has said, the United States is working with our friends and partners around the world to coordinate our efforts on stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States values our cooperation with allies and partners in combatting the pandemic and in planning for ...
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U.S. company uses drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in Ghana (May 12)

U.S. company uses drones to deliver COVID-19 tests in Ghana (May 12)   An American company based in California is using drones to transport COVID-19 tests between rural Ghana and two of the country’s main cities. Zipline International Inc. is one example of the many  private U.S. companies  that are stepping forward to address the coronavirus crisis internationally. ...
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Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)

Briefing With Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle, Global Engagement Center Update on PRC Efforts to Push Disinformation and Propaganda around COVID (May 8)   MS ORTAGUS:  Thank you very much.  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you for joining us early on this on-the-record briefing, which is embargoed, please, until the end of the call.  This is an update ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)

This Week in Iran Policy (May 8)   “They’re telling the world that they’re broke and they need relief from American sanctions, they need humanitarian assistance.  But we’ve offered humanitarian assistance, and the ayatollah and the kleptocrats, the theocrats that lead the Iranian regime today are still out spending money on things that don’t benefit ...
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U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8)

U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8) The U.S. government is providing millions of dollars as well as training and supplies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to Central and South American countries, with a total of more than $73 million provided to the Western Hemisphere in response to the ...
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Amid COVID-19, reporters still face persecution in China, Iran, and Venezuela (May 8)

Amid COVID-19, reporters still face persecution in China, Iran, and Venezuela (May 8)   Countries that were ranked low in the latest  World Press Freedom Index  were also among the most likely to suppress reporting about COVID-19. The index is compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders, an international nongovernmental organization that monitors media freedom around the world. It was ...
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Delivering trustworthy health data on COVID-19 (May 7)

Delivering trustworthy health data on COVID-19 (May 7)   When Americans look for data on COVID-19, the U.S. public health system delivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathers data, monitors shifts in disease patterns, and provides safety guidelines to prevent infection. Its experts also  collaborate with overseas colleagues  to track new cases. “Accurate collection of data ...
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U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)

U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)   The United States is  providing nearly $40 million to help Pacific Island nations  prevent and control COVID-19. “I’m especially proud of the  work that we’ve done in the Indo-Pacific region ,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said April 29 while discussing the  U.S. COVID-19 global response . In the Pacific islands, the U.S. funding will help pay for improvements in lab preparation, infection control, and ...
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U.S. is the world’s largest donor to global public health (April 23)

U.S. is the world’s largest donor to global public health (April 23)   The United States is the world’s largest donor to global public health, donating billions of dollars each year to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and, now, COVID-19. This commitment to global public health remains steadfast as the U.S. investigates the ...
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The United States Is Assisting Pacific Island Countries To Respond to COVID-19 (April 22)

The United States Is Assisting Pacific Island Countries To Respond to COVID-19 (April 22)   As the leader in global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to monitor, respond to, and mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Pacific island countries.  The Department of State is closely coordinating with U.S. interagency partners including ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (April 17)

This Week in Iran Policy (April 17)   “The very first thing we did when we learned that Iran was being hit in a significant way with this virus was to reach out and offer humanitarian assistance…We wanted to bring technical assistance and all the things that America can bring to help save Iranian lives.” ...
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Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (April 9)

Iranian academics blame regime for COVID-19 ‘disaster’ (April 9)   Iranian academics are faulting Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for stifling information on COVID-19 and declining foreign aid, allowing the country’s outbreak to grow into “a national disaster.” In the March 29 letter, reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI),  100 academics call Khamenei  “the Number 1 culprit” ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 7)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 7)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  This week, America continues our aggressive effort to defeat the virus as we enter a crucial and difficult phase of the battle. We continue to ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 6)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 6)   THE PRESIDENT:  Okay, thank you very much, everybody.  All these people have been working very, very hard today, I’ll tell you.  For a long time, they’ve been working. But before I begin, I want to ...
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America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)

America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)   America’s National Guard is on the front lines of the “whole-of-America” fight against the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These Americans demonstrate the Guard’s dual role to be prepared to respond to domestic emergencies as well as U.S. military missions abroad. A unique element of the U.S. ...
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Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 23)

Briefing With Senior State Department Officials On COVID-19: Updates on Health Impact and Assistance for American Citizens Abroad (March 23)   MODERATOR ONE:  Okay, at the end of the opening remarks, if you want to ask a question, please send me a text message at [redacted] and I will add you to the queue.  With ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (March 13)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (March 13) Rose Garden 3:30 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  Thank you.  Thank you. A beautiful day in the Rose Garden.  Appreciate everybody being here.  Today, I’d like to provide an update to the ...
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This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)

This Week in Iran Policy (March 13)   “The United States calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately release on humanitarian grounds all wrongfully detained Americans being held in Iran. The United States will hold the Iranian regime directly responsible for any American deaths. Our response will be decisive.” – Secretary Pompeo, Press ...
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Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus HEALTHCARE Issued on: March 11, 2020 On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address ...
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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (February 26)

Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (February 26)   THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you very much. Before I begin, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the victims and families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Earlier today, a wicked murderer opened ...
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What is the CDC’s role during the coronavirus crisis? (February 7)

What is the CDC’s role during the coronavirus crisis? (February 7) By Lenore T. Adkins The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, works to keep Americans and people everywhere healthy. With the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus dominating the news, it’s a good time to learn about the CDC. Question: What ...
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Coronavirus aid from U.S. groups arrives in China (February 6)

Coronavirus aid from U.S. groups arrives in China (February 6) U.S. organizations are sending lifesaving medical supplies to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China, part of wide-ranging U.S. efforts to stop the deadly disease. More than 2 million respirator masks, 11,000 protective suits and 280,000 pairs of nitrile gloves donated by MAP International ...
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U.S. companies work on Coronavirus vaccine (February 3)

U.S. companies work on Coronavirus vaccine (February 3)   By Leigh Hartman Feb 3, 2020 U.S. drug companies are hard at work in the fight against the coronavirus. (© Shutterstock) U.S. pharmaceutical companies are working on vaccines to combat the new coronavirus and stop its spread. Among the U.S. drug companies involved: Inovio, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania; ...
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