1. U.S. President Donald Trump has admitted downplaying the threat of the coronavirus, saying he did not want to create a panic. U.S. media reported extracts from Trump’s interviews with renowned journalist Bob Woodward and content from his book, soon to be published based on their conversations.
  2. British drug firm AstraZeneca says it has put its COVID-19 vaccine trial on hold to allow an independent committee to conduct a review of safety data. The company said in a statement on Tuesday that it has paused a late-stage trial of the vaccine after an unexpected illness in a study participant.
  3. The U.S. military says it will reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 this month. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters the drawdown was possible because U.S. troops had done a “magnificent job” training Iraqi security forces to keep the country stable.