Virus coordinator Birx is Trump's data-whisperer

WASHINGTON (AP) — For many in the public health and political worlds, Dr. Deborah Birx is the sober scientist advising an unpredictable president. She's the data whisperer who will help steer Presiden...

Harvard president and wife contract coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow said Tuesday (March 24) that both he and his wife have contracted the coronavirus and are in self-quarantine. In a messag...

Pandemic bonds prove good for investors, less so for nations

LONDON (AP) — To offset the crushing costs of trying to stem a global epidemic, the World Bank and partners announced the creation of “pandemic bonds” several years ago: the idea was to leverage priva...

US virus testing faces new headwind: Lab supply shortages

WASHINGTON (AP) — First, some of the coronavirus tests didn't work. Then there weren't enough to go around. Now, just as the federal government tries to ramp up nationwide screening, lab...

Trump keeps talking during market hours; stocks keep tanking

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks, financial markets gyrate and quiver in real time. But that hasn't stopped the president from holding forth almost daily about t...

US virus testing faces new headwind: Lab supply shortages

WASHINGTON (AP) — First, some of the coronavirus tests didn't work. Then there weren't enough to go around. Now, just as the federal government tries to ramp up nationwide screening, laboratory worker...

Brazil’s biggest favela seeks foreigner ban on virus fears

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, nations have begun imposing travel restrictions and closing their borders to contain the pandemic’s spread. The latest attempt to impos...

Some US colleges cancel, postpone graduation over virus

BOSTON (AP) — Colleges across the U.S. have begun canceling and curtailing graduation amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic will stretch into spring. Some are exploring “virtual"alternatives, while...

China coronavirus expert removed for rejecting Chinese herbal therapy: Report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Top Chinese respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan (鍾南山) has been removed from a leadership role for failing to adopt the use of Chinese herbs and traditional therapies,...

Cluster of coronavirus cases is tied to US biotech meeting

BOSTON (AP) — A biotech meeting at a hotel in downtown Boston appears to be the source of a cluster of the coronavirus in the U.S. — and a warning for employers who are still holding big gatherings as...

Senate passes rebuke of DeVos over student loan forgiveness

The Senate on Wednesday gave final congressional approval to a measure that would overturn rules issued by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in 2019 that made it harder for students to get loans erased ...

Italy passes 10,000 infections as clusters spur worry in US

ROME (AP) — Expanding clusters of the new coronavirus were eyed warily Wednesday as the outbreak upended daily life and reshaped everything from the United States presidential race to Pope Franc...

China turns to propaganda to right image in virus 'war'

BEIJING (AP) — As the rest of the world grapples with a burgeoning virus outbreak, China's ruling Communist Party has deployed its propaganda playbook to portray its leader as firmly in charge, leadin...

Med student charged with research smuggling freed on bond

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A medical student from China who U.S. authorities say tried to smuggle cancer research material out of the country has been freed on $100,000 bond over the objections of federa...

How to prepare your home and family, if new virus spreads

As the new coronavirus keeps turning up in more places, health experts say it's wise to prepare for wider spread. But people shouldn't panic or hoard large amounts of supplies, they stress. ...