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Trump's announcement draws strong condemnation from public health experts.
Brazil's surge shows no sign of slowing, with more than 20,000 new cases.
Another study of hydroxychloroquine was paused to look for safety signals, with some nations banning its use.
Worries are also rising about the pandemic's impact on the healthcare of Latin Americans who have noncommunicable diseases, who make up 25% of the population.
Also, hospitals in India and Chile are reaching their limits.
The head of PAHO says, "We are increasingly worried about the poor and other vulnerable groups."
In other international developments, case surges stretch health systems in Russia and Brazil, and France reports illnesses associated with recent school reopenings.
The World Health Assembly gears up to meet virtually for the first time and will focus mainly on the pandemic.
France and Spain learn that relatively few people have been exposed to the virus.
Brazil reports 881 new COVID-19 deaths, its highest daily fatality count.
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