May 5, Tuesday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

  1. Japan has pledged more than 230 million dollars towards the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo made the pledge during a video message on Monday to a fundraising event led by the European Union.
  2. A government panel of experts in Japan says it is reviewing the criteria for people to be tested for the coronavirus. The move follows complaints that the current guidance is too restrictive.
  3. The World Health Organization’s emergency chief says the U.S. allegations that the coronavirus could have originated at a laboratory in China are “speculative.”