12 things to know today about coronavirus

12 things to know today about coronavirus
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Welcome to The Hill's daily roundup of coronavirus news.

There are 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., including 90,000 deaths. The death toll is by far the largest in the world, though numbers from China have been met with skepticism. Nathaniel Weixel has the story here.

Meanwhile, President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE says he's been taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he's been championing. He says he consulted with the White House doctor, who told him that if he wanted the drug, he could take it.


Here’s what you need to know today.

From the Trump administration:

  • President Trump told reporters he's taking hydroxychloroquine, a controversial drug that he's championed as a potential treatment for coronavirus despite limited evidence from the medical community and a warning from his own Food and Drug Administration. Read Brett Samuels for more.
  • The former drug company executive leading the Trump administration's coronavirus vaccine initiative will divest all his shares in Moderna, one of the initiative's leading candidates. Nathaniel reports. (Related: Moderna reported “positive data” on its potential vaccine from an early clinical trial. Read Peter Sullivan’s story here.)
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday denounced White House trade advisor Peter Navarro’s comments criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Rebecca Klar has more.

From the states:


From around the world:

  • The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said he would support an independent review of the global response to the coronavirus as Western governments ratchet up pressure on China to be more transparent in what it knew and when it knew it about the deadly pathogen. Reid Wilson reports.