President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is “terminating” the country’s relationship with the World Health Organization after repeatedly criticizing the group for its response to the coronavirus crisis and accusing the agency of being “China-centric.” Trump’s strained relationship with the WHO could bring complications as scientists around the world race for a Covid-19 cure and treatment.
Before Trump’s WHO announcement, French drugmaker Sanofi said it is suspending clinical trials for hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 while the WHO reviews safety data on the Trump-touted drug. Later Friday, Moderna announced that the first participants in a phase two trial have been dosed with a potential vaccine for the coronavirus.
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- Global cases: More than 5.95 million
- Global deaths: At least 365,437
- U.S. cases: More than 1.74 million
- U.S. deaths: At least 102,836
The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Governors urge protesters to wear masks
4:52 p.m. ET — Large protests over the death of George Floyd have brought up concerns about coronavirus transmission among state leaders.
New York Gov. Andrew