Updated Aug 5, 2018

Argentina's Senate to vote on loosening abortion laws this week

Demonstrators in support of the legalization of abortion outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina's Senate is set to vote on legislation this week that would allow abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, a move that would make it the largest Latin American country to ease its abortion policies, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Under current Argentine law, women are only allowed to have an abortion in cases of rape or if there’s a health risk. While Wednesday's vote is expected to be close, President Mauricio Macri has said he won't block the measure if approved. The vote could be yet another major defeat for the Catholic Church on the heels of a recent vote by Ireland to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion.

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The Humanity First push for a coronavirus vaccine

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Policy responses to the global coronavirus crisis have been every-country-for-itself and — in the case of the U.S. and China — tinged with geopolitics.

The flipside: The scientific work underway to understand the virus and develop a vaccine has been globalized on an unprecedented scale.

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Trump attacks Schumer for impeachment in letter about coronavirus crisis

President Trump briefs reports on April 2. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump accused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of being "missing in action" during the coronavirus crisis, writing in a scathing letter on Thursday that Schumer's focus on the "ridiculous impeachment hoax" resulted in New York being ill-prepared for the pandemic.

Why it matters: It's a blistering response to Schumer urging Trump to assign a senior military officer to enforce the Defense Production Act to produce more medical supplies.

World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Novel coronavirus infections have hit the 1 million mark after "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

The big picture: The global death toll exceeded 50,000 on Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported nearly 14,000 deaths. Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.

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