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TEHRAN -- Plasma therapy has so far reduced COVID-19 deaths by 40 percent in Iran, Hassan Abolqasemi, who leads the plasma therapy project for the novel coronavirus in Iran, was quoted as saying by semi-official Mehr news agency on Tuesday.

"We started plasma therapy some 40 days ago, and to date, 300 people (who recovered from the novel coronavirus) have donated their blood plasma, and the result was a 40-percent decline in the number of deaths," said Abolqasemi.

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WASHINGTON -- The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump is not firing the nation's top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci.

"This media chatter is ridiculous," White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. "Dr. Fauci has been and remains a trusted advisor to President Trump."

The statement came after Trump retweeted a post on Sunday night containing the hashtag "#FireFauci."

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BEIJING -- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference from Geneva on Monday that a new strategy will be published to summarize what the world has already learned about the new virus.

"The decisions must be based first and foremost on protecting human health, and guided by what we know about the virus and how it behaves," he said.

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MOSCOW -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday it is "absolutely unacceptable" to blame China for the spread of COVID-19.

"The Chinese are trying in every possible way to help other countries and share their experience that they developed in the fight against this evil in China," Lavrov said during an online press conference.

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HANOI -- At the virtual Special Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on the COVID-19 on Tuesday morning, leaders of the 10 ASEAN member states affirmed that the block's current leading priority is controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing it from spreading further.

The leaders also stated that the ASEAN should pay due attention to taking measures to minimize the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19. The countries should forge closer coordination in protecting their citizens, providing social security services as well as economic stimulus and aid packages, and maintaining supply chains to protect people and assist small- and medium-sized enterprises. Enditem

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