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Coronavirus US live: cases near 800,000 as Trump hypes ‘praise’ from Cuomo

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A new poll found Michigan residents have approved of governor Gretchen Whitmer’s response to coronavirus more so than Trump’s.

According to the poll done for the Detroit Regional Chamber, 57% of Michigan residents approve of the Democratic governor’s handling of the crisis, while 44% said the same of the president’s.

The administration official overseeing coronavirus testing efforts was pushed out of his vaccine development role at Texas A&M University over performance issues, according to a report from the Washington Post.

The Post reports:

[A]fter eight years of work on several vaccine projects, [Brett] Giroir was told in 2015 he had 30 minutes to resign or he would be fired. His annual performance evaluation at Texas A&M, the local newspaper reported, said he was ‘more interested in promoting yourself’ than the health science center where he worked. He got low marks on being a ‘team player.’

Now President Trump has given Giroir the crucial task of ending the massive shortfall of tests for the novel coronavirus. Some governors have blasted the lack of federal help on testing, which they say is necessary to enact Trump’s plan for reopening the economy.

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