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Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald has been appointed as the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HHS secretary Tom Price, a former Georgia congressman, announced the appointment this morning. She'll replace Tom Frieden, who led the agency during the Ebola and Zika virus crises. Anne Schuchat has been the acting CDC director since the end of the Obama administration.

What to know: She's an obstetrician-gynecologist who ran for Congress twice and has served as Georgia's health commissioner since 2011, the Washington Post reports. She also worked as a health care policy adviser to House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the 1990s.

One story you might hear again: STAT notes one controversy from her term as health commissioner: Georgia Gov, Nathan Deal claimed in 2014 that "water kills the Ebola virus," and said he had learned that from a meeting with her. (She later said Ebola can only survive a few minutes in water, but "once it gets in your body, it's mean.")

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,193,661 — Total deaths: 716,735 — Total recoveries — 11,611,029Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,918,927 — Total deaths: 160,737 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.