Biden bolsters U.S. support for COVID-19 vaccinations abroad

By Leigh Hartman The United States is joining international efforts to ensure COVID-19 vaccines and treatments reach countries around the world. President Biden on January 21 directed the U.S. government to join the  COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility . The international initiative seeks to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines and fairly distribute 2 billion doses of vaccine by the end ...
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Biden prioritizes U.S. support for global COVID-19 response

By Leigh Hartman President Biden’s top priority is ridding the world of the COVID-19 pandemic. On his first full day in office, Biden issued a presidential directive making  global health security a top national security priority , as well as a  national strategy  (PDF, 24.6MB) for fighting COVID-19 and preventing future pandemics. “U.S. international engagement to combat COVID-19, promote health and advance global health security is urgent ...
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Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning tomorrow, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies ...
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U.S. reaffirms partnership with World Health Organization

The United States is resuming support for the  World Health Organization , which plays a vital role in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden announced the renewed commitment to the WHO in a  January 20 letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres , reversing the prior administration’s plan to leave the U.N.’s public health arm in July. “The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s ...
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Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON For more than a year, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically prevented a transparent and thorough investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic’s origin, choosing instead to devote enormous resources to deceit and disinformation. Nearly two million people have died. Their families deserve to know the truth. Only through transparency can we learn what caused this ...
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Ensuring a Transparent, Thorough Investigation of COVID-19’s Origin

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States has repeatedly called for a transparent and thorough investigation into the origin of COVID-19. Understanding the origin of this pandemic is essential for global public health, economic recovery, and international security. To assist the vital work of the World Health Organization (WHO) investigative team that arrived ...
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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and ...
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Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

By Noelani KirschnerSuzanne K. Mast While the pandemic has forced many to stay home, museums across the United States are bringing their world-famous collections online for anyone to view. The public response has been enormous. American tech company Google recently reported its most searched terms of 2020, and the second most popular search after the word “virtual” was ...
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U.S. and partners support global COVID-19 economic recovery

By  Leigh Hartman   The United States is leading international efforts to help low-income countries focus resources on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries worldwide have faced increasing health care costs and falling revenues in 2020. So the United States, in partnership with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, led other large economies in a ...
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United States and India partner on vaccine research

The United States and India have engaged in “unprecedented levels of cooperation to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” U.S. Under Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said October 12. Biegun’s comment came during a trip to India, where he praised the deepening U.S.-India relationship and the shared values and goals of the world’s largest democracies. Biegun pointed ...
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The Free World’s Leadership Will Defeat COVID-19

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE It has now been a year since China first identified a patient in Wuhan stricken with an unknown pneumonia, now known as COVID-19. Since then, the United States and other free nations, such as Germany and the United Kingdom, have led a remarkable and unprecedented vaccine development effort that ...
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Maduro’s sham election: ‘Those who don’t vote, won’t eat’

By Noelani Kirschner In the runup to its fraudulent December 6 National Assembly elections, the illegitimate Maduro regime showed how little it cares about ordinary Venezuelans, insinuating it might revoke their social benefits if they did not vote. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed reservations about the Maduro regime threatening to take away ...
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U.S. embassies partner for COVID-19 economic recovery

By Noelani Kirschner U.S. embassies in Estonia, Latvia, Denmark and Lithuania partnered to virtually co-host the  48 for the Future  “hackathon,” implemented by private partners Garage48 and Startup Wise Guys on December 3-6. The hackathon let participants design a mobile phone app or other tech solution to address the complexities of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. More than 600 people from 70 ...
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U.S. to authorize COVID-19 vaccines in coming days

The United States expects to begin mass distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States soon. During the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit held at the White House on December 8, President Trump said he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will authorize a vaccine produced by U.S. manufacturer Pfizer in the coming days, ...
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U.S. companies pledge support for Asia’s post-pandemic recovery

The U.S. government and American clothing producers have pledged to help workers in Asia recover from the economic hardship of  the COVID-19 pandemic . U.S. Agency for International Development and industry representatives signed a memorandum of understanding October 28, pledging to explore ways to help workers who supply U.S. clothing and footwear companies. Over the next year, the ...
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America launches strategy to reignite global economy

The United States has launched a strategy to mobilize its vast resources to support global economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of State’s  Global Economic Activity and Recovery (GEAR) strategy  will support this broader effort by enabling food trade and security, deploying financial tools for economic recovery, supporting U.S. exporters and investors abroad, and helping restore international transportation and ...
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Donations from U.S. COVID-19 survivors support future treatments

Blood plasma donated by COVID-19 survivors in the United States is helping develop treatments to fight the disease. Early this year, scientists identified COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) — blood plasma from people who have already cleared the virus — as a potential treatment. CCP is often rich in antibodies that when transferred to a patient ...
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How vaccine trials work

Scientists are now testing several vaccines in clinical trials to find out if they are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. Their goal is to help break the cycle of disease transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. “Large-scale vaccine trials are critically important,” says Lieutenant Colonel Melinda Hamer, director of the Clinical ...
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U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear highly effective

Two U.S.-supported COVID-19 vaccine candidates appear to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, a major step in the United States’  historic push to end the global pandemic . Moderna announced November 16 that the Phase 3 clinical trial’s independent data and safety monitoring board had found the Massachusetts-based biotechnology company’s candidate vaccine is up to 94.5% effective in clinical trials. Pfizer, based ...
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Could a teenager’s discovery help treat COVID-19 patients?

A 14-year-old American student’s award-winning science project could offer insights into a potential treatment for COVID-19. Anika Chebrolu, an eighth-grader and aspiring medical researcher from Frisco, Texas, used computer modeling to pinpoint a molecule that can bind to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and inhibit its ability to infect people, according to news reports. Anika ...
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U.S. approves first treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients

U.S. innovators have developed an antiviral drug that can be used to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19, part of America’s wide-ranging response to the global pandemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on October 22 approved Gilead Sciences’ antiviral remdesivir for adults and children older than 12 who are under hospital care for COVID-19. Remdesivir ...
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U.S. global vaccine distribution saves lives

The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. Through international partnerships like the vaccine alliance Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. ...
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How vaccines work

As people worldwide await approval of one or multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., it’s important to understand how vaccines work. Several vaccine candidates against the novel coronavirus have shown promise in animal studies. Now, clinical trials are underway to find out if these same  vaccines are safe  and effective in humans. Vaccines 101 “Vaccines work by training ...
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President Trump to the U.N.: ‘We will defeat the virus’

President Trump vows to defeat COVID-19 and urges the United Nations to hold the People’s Republic of China accountable for its role in the early spread of the virus, leading to a global pandemic. In remarks to the United Nations General Assembly on September 22, Trump said that  three potential COVID-19 vaccines  supported by the United States are in ...
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COVID-19 vaccine research builds on U.S. successes

U.S. leadership in vaccine development and infectious disease treatment is vital to ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 worldwide. U.S. research is responsible for vaccines that protect the world’s citizens from deadly infectious diseases like yellow fever, measles and polio. In addition, the U.S. continues to invest billions worldwide to combat HIV/AIDS. Lessons learned from these ...
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The United States All-of-Government Response to COVID-19 in Pacific Island Countries

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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human ...
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U.S. labs focus on making the indoors safer

The Global Innovation Index ranks the United States as the highest-spending country on research and development. With research and development spending of more than a half-trillion dollars in a recent year, as reported by the National Science Foundation, U.S. labs have turned to the challenges posed by the new coronavirus. Private businesses do the lion’s ...
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U.S. helps refugees, migrants during COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. Department of State has provided $350 million in migration and refugee assistance (MRA) funding for the international COVID-19 response in countries around the world since the onset of the pandemic. U.S. funding provides protection and addresses increased vulnerability created by the pandemic for refugees, migrants and host communities through international organization partners, including ...
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U.S. moves closer to safe, effective coronavirus vaccine

The final stage of testing is underway in the United States on three potential vaccines for COVID-19, a major step toward delivering a vaccine to the world in record time. The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced August 31 that AstraZeneca was starting phase 3 clinical testing of a potential vaccine. It was one of ...
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The global reach of the Chinese government’s hackers and thieves

Hackers and intellectual property thieves with the People’s Republic of China are attacking countries worldwide. Thieves working to advance the PRC’s military and economic development goals have targeted a German pharmaceutical giant, semiconductor producers in Taiwan, and high-tech manufacturers in countries from the U.S. to South Korea to Australia. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ...
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Update on U.S. Withdrawal from the World Health Organization

MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States has long been the world’s most generous provider of health and humanitarian assistance to people around the world.  This assistance is provided with the support of the American taxpayer with the reasonable expectation that it serve an effective purpose and reach those in need. Unfortunately, the World Health Organization has failed badly ...
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Recognizing America’s resilient workers on Labor Day

On Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September in the United States, many workers will take a well-earned rest and all Americans will reflect on the importance of workers’ rights. This year, Labor Day will be an especially fitting time to honor the resilient workers who have helped America stay strong during ...
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U.S. continues to lead global COVID-19 response

The United States has allocated $20.5 billion in aid to the global COVID-19 fight, including $53 million in Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development foreign assistance funding. “The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said August 5 while announcing the ...
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Safety is top of mind as U.S. develops coronavirus vaccine

By ShareAmerica America, along with the rest of the world, is working swiftly to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Many people are pinning their hopes on the development of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 that can stop the spread of the virus. Through its  Operation Warp Speed initiative , the Trump administration ...
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Celebrating the 231st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State (July 27)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the U.S. Department of State celebrates its 231st anniversary as the nation’s first executive agency. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role of U.S. diplomacy in advancing the interests, security, and economic prosperity of the American people. I commend the State Department team for their extraordinary work to promote and ...
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U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)

U.S. private sector helps ASEAN fight COVID-19 (July 22)   U.S. businesses have donated at least $40 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the  fight against COVID-19 . “America’s partnership with ASEAN, now in its 43rd year, is at the heart of our vision for the Indo-Pacific,” said Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary ...
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Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22)

Tracking COVID-19 with artificial intelligence (July 22) Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a powerful tool for tracking and treating COVID-19 in the U.S. and abroad. Several U.S. institutions are developing new AI technology or using preexisting technology to monitor and treat the new coronavirus. HealthMap, an AI application run by Boston Children’s Hospital, was launched ...
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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)

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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)

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing (April 6)

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America’s ‘citizen soldiers’ aid Coronavirus fight (March 27)

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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)

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (March 13)

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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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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference (February 26)

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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)

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U.S. companies work on Coronavirus vaccine (February 3)

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