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As the current global health crisis continues to worsen in the United States, a shortage of crucial ventilators to help treat the respiratory virus is growing more and more threatening.

President Donald Trump's administration has largely left states on their own in terms of obtaining them. Without the federal government to oversee their distribution, bidding wars have broken out between states. Trump has also expressed reluctance to invoke the Defense Production Act, which would allow him to mobilize private companies to begin manufacturing them.

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President Donald Trump declared a national public emergency on Friday afternoon as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread throughout the United States.

One of the greatest threats perpetuating the spread of the virus is a lack of available testing kits to accurately diagnose the number of cases and assess the threat.

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Last summer, former Vice President Joe Biden said on the campaign trail that his administration would prioritize cancer research and the search for a cure.

Donald Trump Jr., at a later campaign rally for his father, mocked Biden for supposedly insinuating that his administration would cure cancer.

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A video of Senator Elizabeth Warren was shared on Twitter by Democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko with the caption:

"The current president could not do this."

What activity did Parkhomenko think President Donald Trump incapable of?

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The headlines began in 2014: Formerly healthy children contracted what seemed to be a minor upper respiratory infection and were suddenly paralyzed — sometimes one limb, sometimes multiple limbs, sometimes permanently.

Parents and experts wondered if it could be a brand-new virus, West Nile disease, or even a mutated version of polio, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. since the late 1970s.

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Brain-eating amoebas are spreading and that is just as bad as it sounds. It’s a dangerous epidemic — a fatal form of meningitis — that is currently occurring at increasing rates.

This summer, Fabrizio Stabile, a 29-year-old New Jersey man, died from this brain-eating amoeba, just one day after he was diagnosed, The man contracted the disease after swimming in a wave pool.

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A weird medical phenomenon has been striking France. Clusters of babies in rural France have been born missing hands, forearms or arms. Thirteen children have been born between 2007-2017 in rural areas of France missing these limbs. Despite this anomaly, French doctors have not been able to determine a cause for the birth defects and have announced that they will stop investigating the cause.

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