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May 26, 2020

The Presidential Daily Brief

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  • Too Dangerous

    WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trials

    Tests of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a remedy for COVID-19 — touted by President Donald Trump, who said he was taking it to ward off the virus and that it had “rave reviews” — have been temporarily suspended around the world for safety reasons. The World Health Organization stopped the…

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  • Big Shift

    New Law Could Change Hong Kong's Status

    To curb the demonstrations that have become common in the self-governing city over the last several years, China’s proposed new security laws that curtail special freedoms enjoyed by Hongkongers, such as the right to protest. While they’re not law yet, they could be put in place as early as next…

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  • Excuses, Excuses

    UK Lockdown Breach Battle Intensifies

    Dominic Cummings — a senior aide to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a key Brexit architect— gave a press conference Monday to explain why he broke lockdown rules to take a 264-mile trip while displaying symptoms of COVID-19. He said he’d acted “reasonably and legally,” excusing a family outing…

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  • Where's the Beef?

    Meat Factory Outbreaks Extend Shortages

    Barbecue season has begun — but the U.S. meat industry is likely to experience further shortages as COVID-19 spreads at processing plants despite protective measures. Cases at Tyson Foods ballooned from 1,600 to 7,000 in less than a month, and with meat companies not required to disclose how many workers…

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  • In Short

    Also Important…

    Virgin Orbit attempted to launch its first rocket over the Pacific Ocean, but a malfunction aborted the mission. At least two people in the Netherlands are thought to have caught the coronavirus from mink. And in a bid to battle China’s media influence over the region, Australia will start broadcasting…

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