U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar is the highest-level U.S. official to visit Taiwan in four decades, a trip condemned by China which claims the island as its own, further irritating Sino-U.S. relations.
U.S. stock futures jump even as U.S. coronavirus cases continued to surge. Dow stock Boeing gains more than 3% in the premarket.
The coronavirus has infected more than 10.3 million people around the world as of Tuesday, killing at least 505,518 people.
U.S. stock futures rose on Monday even as U.S. coronavirus cases continued to surge. Dow stock Boeing jumped more than 3% in the premarket.
Stocks rose sharply to start the week as Wall Street cheered news on Boeing and traders shrugged off the latest surge in coronavirus cases.
Azar also denied that states reopening prematurely was tied to the spike in coronavirus cases and instead blamed "inappropriate individual behavior" that has spread the virus.
Wall Street was shrugging off a plunge in U.S. oil prices, which had been riding a four-session winning streak after last Monday's crash.
U.S. stock futures rise Monday as investors assessed the possibility of reopening the economy after the coronavirus outbreak.
The state has 3,000 to 4,000 ventilators on hand and has bought about 7,000 more, but it needs 30,000 additional ventilators in the next two weeks.
Cases across the state are doubling about every three days, standing at 25,665 as of Tuesday — 10 times the number of cases in California.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar provided an update on the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Democratic presidential candidates at Tuesday's debate took aim at the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The total number of COVID-19 cases climbed above 80,200 as of Tuesday with deaths climbing to at least 2,704.
"I'm actually pretty confident that we're going to restrict the spread in the United States and people should remember not to panic," said Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.
A global health emergency is a rare designation that helps the agency mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak.
The number of coronavirus cases in China has eclipsed 6,060, exceeding the total number of SARS cases in that country during the 2003 epidemic.
Health Secretary Alex Azar warned that the coronavirus raging across mainland China is a "potentially very serious public health threat."
Top US health and infectious disease specialists are holding a press conference Tuesday morning on the coronavirus outbreak.
The majority of the cases are still in mainland China where local authorities have quarantined at least 10 major cities.
Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, says if kids start to "migrate" to menthol-flavored pods, then the agency will "revisit" its rules.