Trump executive orders to lower prescription drug prices

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump signed four executive orders to lower the prices Americans need to pay for prescription drugs, as COVID-19 case counts continue to rise. The orders are: Allow legal importation of prescription drugs from overseas; Require middlemen currently benefitting from drug companies’ discounts to pass on savings to patients; Reduce…

Trump resists his own advisor’s call to make masks mandatory

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump said during a television interview that he will not consider making a national mandate for people to wear masks, despite his own advisor, infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci urging political leaders “to be as forceful as possible in getting your citizenry to wear masks”. During the interview,…

Donald Trump gives Roger Stone “get out of jail free” card

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump commuted the 40 months prison sentence of his ally and advisor Roger Stone on Friday (local time), days before Mr Stone was due to report to a federal prison to start serving his sentence for lying under oath to the US Congress investigating Russian interference in the 2016…

Donald Trump denounces “left wing cultural revolution” and promises more American heroes statues

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump warned on the eve of Independence Day, that the racial inequality demonstrations targeting statues of historic figures perceived to have benefited from slavery, a “left wing cultural revolution”, threatened the foundations of American society. “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history … and…

Trump to “do other things” if he loses 2020 election

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump said in a TV interview on Fox News Channel that he will “go on and do other things” if he doesn’t win in the American presidential election planned for the 3rd of November. The frontrunners in the election are Mr Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, who is currently…

British scientists found hydroxychloroquine “useless” for treating COVID-19

By Helene Fung Oxford University’s Professor of medicine and epidemiology, Martin Landray, announced on Friday (local time) that they have decided to stop a large trial exploring the use of anti- malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, because they “concluded there is no evidence of a beneficial effect”. Professor Landray went as far…

Protests across multiple US cities over George Floyd death

By Helene Fung Angry protesters over the death of an unarmed African-American man George Floyd in Minnesota has spread from the state capital Minneapolis to New York, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Las Vegas, San Jose and Memphis. Footage which had gone viral online showed Mr Floyd, hand-cuffed, saying he could not breathe, as a white policeman…

OPINION: Democracy is Almost Over in Hong Kong And Trump Might Save The Day

Opinion By: Political Expert Dr Ian Cook Perhaps the Chinese leaders are following the basic rule of politics: that governments should never waste a crisis. People are usually panicking, which means they’ll accept, even support, government controls that they wouldn’t normally accept. They’re also distracted by dealing with the crisis in their daily lives. It…