US, China must ‘step up’ to lead the world during the coronavirus crisis

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) waves to the press as he walks with US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.

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Both the U.S. and China have to “step up to the plate” and provide global leadership at a time when the world’s poorest countries are in trouble due to the pandemic, said a distinguished economist.

The coronavirus outbreak, which has led to countrywide lockdowns globally, has done “extreme damage” to the global economy, said Raghuram Rajan, a finance professor at the University of Chicago’s

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It’s ‘time to move on’ from talk about hydroxychloroquine

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Adm. Brett Giroir, director of the U.S. coronavirus diagnostic testing, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2020.

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Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health who coordinates the administration’s coronavirus testing, said Sunday that there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an “effective” treatment for COVID-19, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated boosting of the drug over objections from experts.

In an interview on “Meet the Press,” Giroir did not specifically mention the president, but he made clear that the scientific consensus is that

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