Today President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in the face of a growing public health and economic crisis due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The proclamation of a national emergency allows the president to exercise an array of emergency powers and tap into $50 billion, which will be used in part by states to set up emergency centers effective immediately.

Trump also announced a new public-private partnership to address and remedy the shortage of coronavirus tests.

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Half a million tests available soon

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