Apr 26, 2018

Chuck Schumer urges CDC to begin gun violence research immediately

Chuck Schumer speaking during a news conference. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Senator Chuck Schumer will aggressively pressure the director for the Center for Disease Control, Robert Redfield, to begin conducting research on gun violence in the country immediately, an aide told the Daily Beast.

The backdrop: When Congress passed its spending budget in March, there was an addendum to the bill formally stating that the CDC could spend money on gun research, clarifying language from a 1996 amendment that blocked the CDC from doing so. The addendum paved the way for the CDC to officially dedicate government resources to such research, but the CDC has yet to take action in the month since the funding bill passed. Schumer is now taking the lead to ensure they press forward.

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Trump administration asks Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus

President Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at the White House in September. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Details: The request for a lump sum account for the Department of Health and Human Services includes $1.25 billion in new funds to fight COVID-19 and $535 would come from untouched funds for the Ebola virus.

WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

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.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

Taking precaution, in the Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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