Dec 20, 2017

Cohn: Tunneling can "revolutionize" transportation

Gary Cohn speaks with Axios' Mike Allen at a News Shapers event. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Trump's National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn told Mike Allen that tunneling can "revolutionize" transportation. "The tunneling technology today is so superior and so quick," Cohn said, adding that he thinks the U.S. needs to prepare for automated technologies, such as automated cars, to change transportation.

Why it matters: Up next on Trump's agenda after the tax overhaul is infrastructure spending, which Cohn said could top a $1 trillion price tag.

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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 request to Congress Monday for a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, a spokeswoman confirmed to Axios.ยท

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.

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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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