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An NPR investigation has identified unusual decisions around the process that lead to a Pittsburgh company winning a contract to gather COVID-19 data instead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. smartboy10/Digital Vision Vectors/Getty Images hide caption

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Irregularities In COVID Reporting Contract Award Process Raise New Questions

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Amazon has called safety a "top priority" for the company. But NPR has found more than 100 dietary supplements sold on Amazon that appear to be illegally marketed as antiviral treatments. David Becker/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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On Amazon, Dubious 'Antiviral' Supplements Proliferate Amid Pandemic

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This photo, reviewed by the U.S. military and made during an escorted visit, shows the original military courtroom at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on April 9, 2014. Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An evacuee lies on a cot at an evacuation shelter for people with disabilities in Stuart, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 1, 2019. Now, with the pandemic raging, officials across the South are trying to adjust their evacuation and shelter plans. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Disaster Relief For The Elderly And Disabled Is Already Hard. Now Add A Pandemic

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In August 2017, the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston was over capacity after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the city. This hurricane season, congregate shelters — from school gyms to vast convention centers — risk becoming infection hot spots if evacuees pack into them as they have in the past. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Disaster Response Scrambles To Protect People From Both Hurricanes And COVID-19

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Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., has asked Trump administration officials to account for how and why they selected particular companies to provide personal protective equipment. Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A pedestrian walks past anti-5G graffiti in the Flatiron District of New York in May. Noam Galai/Getty Images hide caption

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Anatomy Of A COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

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Lawmakers are asking the Treasury Department and the IRS how many deceased people have received a coronavirus relief check from the government — and what the solution is. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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A couple has lunch under plexiglass protection designed by Christophe Gernigon at the H.A.N.D restaurant, on May 27, 2020, in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alain Jocard/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Business As Usual During The Pandemic, This Time Through Plexiglass

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As part of a demonstration across from the White House on May 7, National Nurses United set out empty shoes for nurses who have died from COVID-19. The union is asking employers and the government to provide safe workplaces, including adequate staffing. Hospitals have been laying off and furloughing nurses due to lost revenue. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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As Hospitals Lose Revenue, More Than A Million Health Care Workers Lose Jobs

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Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, testifies during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing June 10, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kevin Dietsch/AP hide caption

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The Government Accountability Office says the IRS did not use death records for the first three batches of coronavirus relief payments — which account for 72% of the nearly $270 billion in payments dispensed so far. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Travelers make their way through ticketing and TSA inspection at the Pittsburgh International Airport on May 7. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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Whistleblower: TSA Failed To Protect Staff, Endangered Passengers During Pandemic

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A walker passes the names of George Floyd and Eric Garner spelled out in fabric at the Say Their Names: Silver Lake Memorial on June 9 in Los Angeles. There has been a recent push for a nationwide ban on police chokeholds. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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How Decades Of Bans On Police Chokeholds Have Fallen Short

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Tents are visible behind wire fences last month near buildings of the Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth, Texas. Hundreds of inmates inside the facility reportedly have tested positive for the coronavirus, and several have died. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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As COVID-19 Spreads In Prisons, Lockdowns Spark Fear Of More Solitary Confinement

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NPR reviewed a database of thousands of contracting actions connected to the COVID-19 public health crisis and identified more than 250 companies that got federal contracts worth more than $1 million without going through a fully competitive bidding process. diane555/Getty Images hide caption

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Feds Spend Billions On COVID-19 Contracts, Often Without Fully Competitive Bidding

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COVID-19 Infections And Deaths Are Higher Among Those With Intellectual Disabilities

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New Jersey first lady Tammy Murphy, left, distributes bags containing meals and face masks, at the NAN Newark Tech World in Newark, N.J., on May 6. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Much Of The Stimulus Aid Sent To States Hasn't Gone Where It's Needed Most

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Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, listens during a coronavirus briefing with health insurers at the White House on March 10. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Pence Chief Of Staff Owns Stocks That Could Conflict With Coronavirus Response

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People in cars arrive at a drive-up COVID-19 testing site outside a Rite Aid in Toms River, N.J., on April 22. About 3% of Rite Aid stores are offering testing for the virus. Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's Plan For Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests At Stores Yields Few Results

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Sen. Richard Burr "has relatively lousy performance over the broad period," according to a Dartmouth professor who reviewed his trading history. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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When Lex Frieden broke his hip, a Texas hospital decided against an operation. Frieden, a quadriplegic since 1967, would never walk, so the surgery wasn't necessary, the doctors reasoned, a decision that left him with lasting pain. Mack Taylor / Houston METRO hide caption

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People With Disabilities Fear Pandemic Will Worsen Medical Biases

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