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Then, late last night, President Donald Trump in a strongly worded letter to World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Trump threatened to permanently cut off funding to the WHO if it does not “commit to major substantive improvements in the next 30 days.”
Why This Matters: The United States had over 1.54 million cases of COVID-19 and over 90,000 deaths, you’d think that the President of the United States would want to work in tandem and cooperation with global health organizations rather than undermining them. And beyond that, at a time when hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake, it’s unnerving that the leader of the free world would so openly advocate for a practice in which there is zero medical or scientific foundation to justify its use.
More Deadly Than the Flu?: Very much so, concludes a new study by the University of Washington. The national rate of death among people infected with the novel coronavirus and who show symptoms is 1.3%, the study found. The comparable rate of death for the seasonal flu is 0.1%. The study’s results also project a grim future if the U.S. doesn’t put up a strong fight against the spread of the virus.
Troubling Sign:As CNN reported,the number of childhood vaccines administered in Michigan has dropped by as much as 22% amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State health officials are urging parents to continue immunization schedules for their children despite the virus.
The International Energy Agency stated in its annual World Energy Investment report released yesterday that the unparalleled decline in worldwide energy investment had been “staggering in both its scale and swiftness.” Investment in global energy is expected fall by $400bn this year, the biggest drop in the industry’s history As CNBC reported, the IEA “warned […]
In April, Vice President Mike Pence predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Memorial Day weekend. We’ve just passed that milestone and in the United States nearly 100,000 Americans have lost their lives to the virus. Despite warnings from the World Health Organization that countries with declining infection rates could still face an […]
While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior. Incidentally, as Emily Holden reported for the […]
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