CNN coronavirus town hall to feature science author David Quammen, 'Empire' actress Taraji Henson

CNN coronavirus town hall to feature science author David Quammen, 'Empire' actress Taraji Henson
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CNN announced that "Empire" actress Taraji Henson and science writer David Quammen, author of "Spillover," will be among guests for its weekly coronavirus town hall scheduled for Thursday night.

The virtual event, hosted by "AC360" anchor Anderson Cooper and chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, "will include famed science author of 'Spillover' David Quammen, and World Health Organization technical lead for COVID-19 Maria van Kerkhove," the network announced.

"Actress and founder of The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, Taraji P Henson, will talk about the mental health issues in the African-American community," it added.

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The "Coronavirus Facts and Fears" series has featured a wide range of guests, including former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreIntroducing the 'Great Reset,' world leaders' radical plan to transform the economy The 'blue wall' is reforming in the Rust Belt CNN coronavirus town hall to feature science author David Quammen, 'Empire' actress Taraji Henson MORE, filmmaker Spike Lee and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Last week's town hall also included a pre-recorded message from first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook- Schools weigh reopening options Melania Trump confidant plans tell-all book The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Miami pauses reopenings as COVID-19 infections rise, schools nationally plot return MORE.

The event comes as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 100,000 this week.

Thursday night's broadcast marks the 13th airing of the CNN coronavirus town hall, the network said.