5 things for Houstonians to know for Thursday, Sept. 3

Texas Supreme Court stops Harris County from sending ballot-by-mail applications to ineligible registered voters

Here are things you need to know for Thursday, Sept. 3:

1. US says it won’t join global effort to find COVID-19 vaccine

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will not work with an international cooperative effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine because it does not want to be constrained by multilateral groups like the World Health Organization.

The decision to go it alone, first reported by The Washington Post, follows the White House’s decision in early July to pull the United States out of the WHO. Trump claims the WHO is in need of reform and is heavily influenced by China.

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2. Texas Supreme Court stops Harris County from sending ballot-by-mail applications to ineligible registered voters

The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily stopped the Harris County clerk from sending ballot-by-mail applications to all of the county’s 2.4 million registered voters.

The stay issued by the court comes just days after a lawsuit was filed by the Harris County Republican Party against Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins.