Monday, March 16, 2020

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🇺🇸🇺🇸 Appearing Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said he will present President Donald Trump with an executive order aimed at reducing the United States’ dependency on overseas medical supply chains as the country combat the Chinese coronavirus. A partial transcript is as follows: ANDREW ROSS SORKIN: The New York Times is reporting this morning that the administration is attempted to persuade a Germany firm developing a possible vaccine, the company, CureVac, to move its research development to the United States, this is according to German officials, raising fear, apparently, in Berlin that President Trump was trying to ensure that any enucleation would be available first in the United States and, perhaps, exclusively. Can you speak to that? PETER NAVARRO: What I can speak to is this broader, interesting issue of how dependent the United States of America is on the global supply chain, not just for its medicines, but for its medical supplies and medical equipment. As we speak, I’m bringing an executive order to the president, he personally asked me to move quickly on this issue. The essence of the exeuctive order, which we hope to get to the finish line by the end of the week, is to bring all of that home, so we don’t have to worry about foreign dependency. 70 percent of our advanced pharmaceutical ingredents comes from abroad.

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Exclusive story from #WashTimes' Guy Taylor: China, Russia and Iran are flooding the global information space with false claims about coronavirus, according to U.S. officials, who say one of the biggest lies — that the virus is a U.S. bioweapon and was brought to China by U.S. Army personnel — is just the latest in a “surge of propaganda” aimed at undermining America’s image on the world stage. ➤ Tap the link in our bio to read more The converging operations find Beijing, Moscow and Tehran using a vast web of social media accounts, fake news outlets and state-controlled global satellite media to promote false claims by academics and, at times, actual government officials to blame Washington for the crisis now gripping most of humanity. It’s a situation that the head of a key State Department counter-disinformation office says has prompted U.S. officials to ramp up their own efforts to counter coronavirus lies that were first seeded by Russia in January and that China is now pushing in a bid to make Beijing appear as a superior global power to the United States. #china #wuhan #wuhanvirus #coronavirus #coronavirusoutbreak #coronavirusupdate #news #realnews #exclusivestory #economy #trump #washingtontimes

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Shoppers are stocking up on guns and ammunition as parts of the country take drastic measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. ⁣ ⁣"It's better to be prepared than to not be prepared," Emily Ken, 22, told USA Today in New Castle, Delaware. "I already stocked up on food. Ammo was just the next step." ⁣ ⁣Many California gun stores saw lines stretching out the door over the weekend, and online ammo sales have gotten an unexpected virus-related boost as well. ⁣ ⁣"We know certain things impact ammo sales, mostly political events or economic instability when people feel their rights may end up infringed, but this is our first experience with a virus leading to such a boost in sales," Alex Horsman of Ammo.com told USA Today in a statement. ⁣ ⁣Ammo.com has seen a 68% jump in sales in mid-February and early March, especially in North Carolina and Georgia, USA Today reported.

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Nike will temporarily close all of its U.S. stores in addition to its other stores around the world in an attempt to curb the coronavirus outbreak. ⁣ ⁣The closure is set to go into effect from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. ⁣ ⁣A spokesperson for Nike confirmed the news in a statement to FOX Business on Sunday. ⁣ ⁣"The well-being of our teammates and consumers is our top priority so we have decided to close our stores in multiple countries around the world including in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)," the spokesperson said. ⁣ ⁣The company added that it will take additional measures in its facilities that remain open, including "the option to work from home, staggered work schedules, social distancing and additional safety and cleaning steps to help protect and support our teammates."

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