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FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care

FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care

The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued an emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, decades-old malaria drugs championed by President Donald Trump for coronavirus treatment despite scant evidence. The agency allowed for the drugs to be “donated to the Strategic National Stockpile to be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible,” HHS said in a statement, announcing that Sandoz donated 30…

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New York leaders look at harrowing week ahead

New York leaders look at harrowing week ahead

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday painted a grim picture of the coming week as the state’s death toll from Covid-19 approached 1,000, but at the same time they dismissed calls to impose tighter restrictions on people’s movements in a region that has become the nation’s largest concentration of coronavirus infections. “The virus continues its march across the state of New York,” Cuomo said at a news conference on Sunday….

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Trump now urging U.S. to hunker down through April

Trump now urging U.S. to hunker down through April

President Donald Trump announced Sunday evening that he was extending social distancing guidelines through the end of April rather than easing them as early as this week, and took credit for avoiding a worst-case scenario death toll that could have exceeded 2 million. The president, who had considered getting the economy restarted by Easter, now said that timeline had been “aspirational.” He said he expected the country to be on its way to recovery by June 1. “Nothing would be…

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Trump’s April challenge: Leaning into the ‘deep state’ to quell a raging crisis

Trump’s April challenge: Leaning into the ‘deep state’ to quell a raging crisis

Everyone in the White House owns — or wants to own — a piece of the administration’s coronavirus response. Vice President Mike Pence is officially running the coronavirus task force. Senior adviser Jared Kushner has propped up his own operation focused on increasing the testing capacity in the U.S., forging partnerships with private industries and business executives, and tracking down desperately needed medical supplies. Health officials are sparring with economic aides over the White House’s internal deliberations about when and…

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‘He’s Going to Do Whatever He Wants’

‘He’s Going to Do Whatever He Wants’

Lynchburg, Virginia, isn’t a stereotypical college town. It isn’t politically liberal. It doesn’t have the crunchy affect of an Ann Arbor or even a Charlottesville. But even here, where Liberty University drives a large part of the economy—and where school president and chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. strides across the landscape as a local grandee—anger over Falwell’s decision to bring university students back amid a coronavirus pandemic is boiling over. “Remember when people wanted to tar and feather folks? That’s about…

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The Mega-Bailout Leaves 4 Mega Questions

The Mega-Bailout Leaves 4 Mega Questions

Washington has pushed through massive government spending bills to deal with America’s last two massive economic emergencies, but the two parties have taken very different approaches to crisis response in the minority. In 2009, Republicans locked arms in nearly unanimous opposition to an $800 billion economic stimulus bill under President Barack Obama, betting they could force Obama and the Democrats to own the Great Recession by keeping their fingerprints off the response. This time, Democrats provided nearly unanimous support for…

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‘There is no surge plan’: Despite warnings, Congress failed to fully fund pandemics bill

‘There is no surge plan’: Despite warnings, Congress failed to fully fund pandemics bill

Public-health experts trooped to Capitol Hill in 2018 and 2019 to ask Congress to invest hundreds of millions of additional dollars in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness act, testifying that many of the programs created after 9/11 to ready the nation’s health system for any kind of disaster had since been stripped down to dangerously low levels. “The nation is not ready to provide medical care in large catastrophes or big epidemics of contagious disease,” Tom Inglesby of Johns Hopkins…

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A lottery for ventilators? Hospitals prepare for ethical conundrums

A lottery for ventilators? Hospitals prepare for ethical conundrums

When a group of doctors, ethicists and religious leaders got together to write New York’s 2015 ethical guidelines for allocating ventilators in a pandemic, they coalesced around a clear principle: Scarce resources should go to the person most likely to be saved. But they had to contemplate another, tougher, situation: What if a number of patients were equally likely to benefit? In that case, they decided, a lottery might be the fairest option. The specter of such extreme rationing –…

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Trump approves Michigan disaster declaration after war of words with governor

Trump approves Michigan disaster declaration after war of words with governor

The White House approved Michigan’s request for an emergency declaration Saturday, after a week of contentious public feuding between President Donald Trump and the state’s governor over measures to combat the coronavirus. The squabble between Trump and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which has played out across Twitter, cable news and radio airwaves, has been one of several conflicts simmering between Trump and governors who have criticized the federal response to the pandemic — and then seen Trump return fire online or…

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Governors’ coronavirus pacts could thwart Trump goal of reopening country

Governors’ coronavirus pacts could thwart Trump goal of reopening country

If President Donald Trump insists on reopening parts of America as soon as next week, he’ll likely encounter bipartisan resistance from governors who are partnering in regional alliances to keep the coronavirus at bay. Minnesota’s Tim Walz has started conversations with his counterparts in North Dakota and Wisconsin about an upper Midwest pact to ensure that their states are in sync on rules around social distancing. That effort follows Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania joining last week to…

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