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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

Donald Trump threatens to quit WHO. Yet I don't see any benefit it could gain by doing so.
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Why does Denmark allow its citizens to return from Sweden, but not admit Swedes?

Returning Danes cause 6km 'corona queue' at Swedish border - The Local While Danes can enter Sweden without restrictions, Swedish citizens are not allowed to cross into Denmark unless they work ...
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What percentage of Frenchmen still think [hydroxy]chloroquine is an effective remedy against Covid-19?

News from almost two months ago: A survey released by French polling institute IFOP on 6 April revealed that 59% of the French population believes chloroquine is effective against the new ...
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Have there been any results of the CDC investigation in the Guatemala suspension of deportations allegedly due to Covid-19-infected deportees?

In an interesting twist of news from a month ago, Guatemala had suspended receiving deportations from the US saying that the US has sent them Covid-19-infected deportees. Well, one flight - the ...
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On what countries in the Americas the US has (or hasn't) imposed travel restrictions related to Covid-19?

Interesting news that the US is (only now) considering a travel ban on Brazil. I think the borders with Canada and Mexico were closed sooner. So, on what countries in the Americas did the US impose ...
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Can Michigan's attorney general take legal action against Trump? [migrated]

I read from a CNBC news article how Michigan’s attorney general said Trump has a “legal responsibility,” under state law, to wear a mask as a precauion when visiting factories. Trump refuses to wear a ...
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FDA Vaccine Approval - has or can the FDA approve multiple vaccines for the same virus?

Currently there are several competing companies that are trying to develop a vaccine for SAR-Cov-2. As each company has said that they are going to engage in at-risk-production if they think that they ...
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How do leaders choose between lives and money?

Amid the current pandemic many governments imposed heavy social restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve and thereby save lives, and those restrictions take their toll on the economies. For ...
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How did the US “sabotage” the adoption of the latest World Health Assembly resolution regarding Covid-19?

The Intercept claims that: Last month, Australia led the way in calling for such an investigation, suggesting that it would raise the issue at the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of ...
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What position has the Chinese government had on the origins of COVID-19?

What position, if any, does the Chinese government have on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic? Do they acknowledge that the virus first infected humans as a result of it jumping from an animal to a ...
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Why is Trump promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19?

As of this writing (2020-05-18) Trump has publicly recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure for COVID-19. In addition, he has publicly announced that he is taking it himself ...
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Where does Operation Warp Speed fit in the US government (or GSEs) structure?

Recently announced: "That means big and it means fast," [Trump] said of Operation Warp Speed. "A massive scientific, industrial and logistical endeavour unlike anything our country has seen since ...
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What are the practical effects of the Slovenian government declaring the end of the COVID-19 epidemic?

This article from the Slovenian Press Agency published Thursday night states (in Slovenian) that The government has canceled the epidemic and lifted quarantine at border crossings At tonight's ...
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How can a Governor enforce “Shelter in Place Orders” if cities or States' Attorneys refuse to enforce them?

I've seen reports of state's attorneys and cities refusing to enforce state Stay at Home orders. If a governor was so inclined, are there actions they could take against the state's attorneys and ...
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Has any country's government concluded they need more decentralization to fight Covid-19 or future pandemics?

Somewhat predictably, China has blamed their initial problems in responding to Covid-19 to decentralization and poor decisions from regional authorities: The rare admission, from Director of China'...
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How much money can US government realistically spend on COVID19? [closed]

I'm not asking about Federal Reserve here. I know "the way a government uses debt is very very different from the way you and I use debt" for at least these five reasons. What's the maximum money ...
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Have governments’ restrictions on travel been supported by expert advice?

The WHO was largely opposed to travel restrictions to deal with COVID19. Many countries went ahead and imposed travel restrictions regardless. Did those countries base their travel restrictions upon ...
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Have more prominent Republicans besides Giuliani ridiculed Covid-19 case tracing?

As quoted on CNN from a Fox News show: Ingraham: Michael Bloomberg is gonna handle the tracing, army of tracers in NY we learned today from [New York Gov. Andrew] Cuomo. Giuliani: ...
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Who was responsible for the decision to play “Live and Let Die” at Trump's visit to a mask factory? [closed]

Some of the media has been pointing out the irony in that when Trump was visiting a mask factory, the Guns and Roses song "Live and Let Die" was being played on loudspeakers. Some coverage of the ...
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Has the WHO or any individual countries released COVID-19 statistics divided on basis of sex?

In February 2019, the U.S.A released HIV statistics based on sex: Have the WHO or any individual countries released COVID-19 statistics divided on this basis?
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What caused the shift from “flattening the curve” to disease eradication in Western societies? [closed]

Back in the middle of March, lockdowns were advertised as a way of "flattening the curve": As the spread of the coronavirus continues, everyone from the medical community to government officials is ...
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Did China have a good reason to not ban international travel during the COVID-19 lockdown when it banned travel to and out Wuhan inside of China?

Did China have a good reason to not ban international travel during the COVID-19 lockdown when it banned travel to and out Wuhan inside of China? I hear sensationalized news reports claim that China ...
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Why did it take so long for China to admit there was human-to-human transmission, are there political or legal reasons? [closed]

Why did it take so long for China to admit there was human-to-human transmission and are political or legal reasons the reason(s) why they took so long? I see a lot of sensational news claiming China ...
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Are there other trackers/indexes of governments' response to Covid-19, beside OxCGRT?

OxCGRT has received a bit of press coverage (e.g. by the Indian press, which in particular highlighted that India got a "100" rating.) The project itself is more cautious in its description: OxCGRT ...
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Have the police forces in other countries besides India dressed in coronavirus costumes as an awareness campaign?

CNN etc. have pictures of Indian police forces in coronavirus costumes, as part of an awareness campaign Have other countries used similar in-person costumes for awareness campaigns?
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Are there Covid-19 death maps locally adjusted for population density?

As a first motivating example, according to an Oxford CEBM map [even] Sweden has more deaths per capita from Covid-19 (217 deaths/mil.pop.) than the US as a whole (166 deaths/mil.p.) On top of that, ...
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How has the apportionment of blame for COVID-19 by party changed over time in the US?

In a (recent) Morning Consult poll we find this question on whom Americans blame the most for the spread of Covid-19 in the US: As you can see, at least now, Democrats chiefly blame president Trump, ...
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Why did Trump's “rally 'round the flag” effect evaporate so quickly?

When the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, alarm bells went off in the public and Trump's approval started rising. On 538's polling average, his approval rating rose from 42.5% to 45.8%. But, as of ...
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Do MPs participating in the House of Commons virtually benefit from Parliamentary Privilege?

Parliamentary privilege refers to the lack of restrictions on what MPs and Lords can say in their respective Houses in Parliament; it grants them immunity from prosecution relating to statements made ...
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Why did the Chinese government change their publicly-reported COVID-19 infection and death rates?

Until mid-April 2020, the Chinese government presented a certain set of figures regarding the infection and death rates from COVID-19 within China. Many people questioned those figures, but had no ...
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Why are some Covid-19 tests excluded in some US states?

For example, the LabCorp COVID-19 RT-PCR has been EUA-approved by the FDA, but it lists as exclusion criteria the following: Exclusion: • Live in MD, NJ, NY or RI meaning that people who live ...
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Wild game markets and disease spread [closed]

Is the "wet markets" or "wild game markets" considered risky or unsafe by WHO, CDC, or epidemiologist because of the wild game being intermingled with other livestock, or because of the sanitary ...
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Is it normal for the Prime Minister to be absent from Cobra meetings?

On April 19th, the Sunday Times accused Boris Johnson of missing five meetings of Cobra, the national crisis committee: Unusually, Boris Johnson had been absent from Cobra. The committee — which ...
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Why is “PMO Cares” in India not under Right to Information?

Why is PM Cares fund not under the purview of right to information yet being managed by the prime minister's office (PMO). Does the prime minister of India have the option to not answer RTI? During ...
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Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? [closed]

Could the CCP have disclosed the COVID-19 pandemic much earlier as the U.S. claims? What are the standards in terms of pandemic reporting and did the Chinese Communist Party meet those standards? What ...
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Why is the Federal Government competing for medical supplies with the US States hit hardest by the COVID-19 Pandemic?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and first responders have struggled with a lack of PPE, ventilators, and other essential medical supplies. The Federal Government has urged individual states to ...
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Why didn't the Thai government decide to enforce a COVID-19-related automated stay extension longer than 1 month?

As a result of COVID-19-related travel restrictions, the Thai government decided on April 7 to allow an automated visa extension till the 30th of April 2020. Why didn't the Thai government decide to ...
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How common is it for the UK Government to publish official rebuttals of media claims?

Today, the Cabinet Office published a press release entitled Response to FT article and Twitter thread by Peter Foster. It begins: An article in FT Weekend on 18 April 2020, ‘Muddled thinking ...
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Is the UK reporting (extra) deaths in care homes now as related to Covid-19?

After some scandals, e.g. France started to report some deaths in "ESMS" (which includes nursing homes) as probably being related to Covid-19. [Reuters, Apr. 4] Following criticism about ...
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How did South Korea's quarantine enforcement work for people without mobile phones?

There're plenty of articles written about how South Korea has helped contain its COVID-19 outbreak. Example. One paragraph in particular catches my eye: People ordered into self-quarantine must ...
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Has the membership of SAGE during the COVID-19 pandemic been published?

SAGE is the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, a key body which advises the UK government on its approach to emergencies. Its membership is not fixed, the gov.uk website linked above states: ...
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Has Trump detailed which lockdown measures he thought were “too tough”?

The BBC mentions that At his Friday briefing, [Trump] said some measures imposed by Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia had been "too tough". Earlier, he wrote in a series of tweets: "LIBERATE ...
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What kind of project[s] did the US finance at the Wuhan BSL-4 lab?

The Daily Mail has their usual kind of unclear/clickbait article headlined "U.S. government gave $3.7million grant to Wuhan lab at center of coronavirus leak scrutiny that was performing experiments ...
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What expert advice was behind WHO’s endorsement of live animal markets in China? [closed]

According to Australia’s SBS news article Morrison chides WHO as wet markets reopen in China's coronavirus epicentre, the WHO has endorsed live animal markets re-opening in China. If the PM of ...
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What is the difference between the CDC and the WHO as it pertains to the USA?

With regards to President Trump's defunding of the WHO, here's my question to get a bit more context: With respect to the stated objectives with regards to US national interests, what is the ...
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How were the UK's five lockdown tests drawn up?

In today's COVID-19 pandemic briefing, Business Secretary Alok Sharma described five tests which would inform the government's relaxation of the lockdown rules: there are 5 tests that must be ...
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What explains the record turnout in South Korea's elections, despite coronavirus fears?

On April 15th, South Korea held parliamentary elections, which resulted in a large victory for the incumbent President's Minjoo party. Fears of infection due to the COVID-19 pandemic have ...
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Have any polls been conducted measuring support for the WHO?

In the past few weeks, we have seen some countries criticize the World Health Organization, particularly from Japan, and more recently the US President's withdrawal of WHO funding subject to a review. ...
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Why are some Americans protesting COVID-19 restrictions? [closed]

I saw on the news some Michiganders are defying and protesting Protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Stay-At-Home Order. Social distancing against COVID19 appears self-explanatory to most Canadians (...
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What rate of decline in COVID cases is suggested by presidential guidelines?

So I was able to get the Guidelines for Opening America this afternoon, but was unable to watch the press briefing where they were discussed. One of the key criteria for a state or region to met ...