The Delta Variant and China’s Need to Change Its Covid-19 Policy

The benefits of the zero-infections policy have dropped in relation to the costs of implementation, and there are signs it is becoming counterproductive.

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Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Virus

Declassified portions of a report presented to President Biden revealed divisions among federal agencies over whether the virus came from a lab leak or natural processes.

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Zhang Zhan, Chinese Citizen Journalist, Is Ailing From Hunger Strike

Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years for videos about failures in handling the virus. She now weighs less than 90 pounds, her former lawyer says.

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The Warnings About the Coronavirus That Were Ignored

Even if the coronavirus did not emerge from a lab, the groundwork for a potential disaster had been laid for years, and learning its lessons is essential to preventing others.

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Did the Coronavirus Come From a Lab?

18 months after the virus emerged, we still don’t know its origin story.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #debatable, #wuhan-china

U.F.O.s and the Search for Alien Life

Readers speculate about how extraterrestrial beings would view our world. Also: The Wuhan lab; the C.D.C. and mild infections.

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U.S. Is Said to Have Unexamined Intelligence to Pore Over on Virus Origins

Intelligence officials have told the White House that computer analysis may shed light on the mystery.

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Biden Orders Intelligence Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

The directive came as health officials and scientists have renewed calls for a more rigorous examination.

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W.H.O. and Critics Look at What’s Next to Investigate Virus Origins

A scientific mission to China proposed further study for a number of topics. Critics and the director of the W.H.O. have weighed in as well.

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What We Know About the W.H.O.’s Inquiry on the Origin of Covid

Did Covid-19 come from animal markets? It’s unclear. Did it emerge from a lab? Also unclear. Here’s what a new W.H.O. report says — including questions that the agency’s own chief raised about the findings.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #wuhan-institute-of-virology-china

Coronavirus Origins Remain Unclear in W.H.O.-China Inquiry

Far more work is needed to understand how the pandemic began, the report says, but it is not clear that Beijing will cooperate. “We may never find the true origins,” an expert said.

#bats, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-science

Some Scientists Question W.H.O. Inquiry Into the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Origins

Those who still suspect the outbreak in China may have been caused by a lab leak or accident are pressing for an independent investigation.

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W.H.O. Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Virus Origins

An interview with Peter Daszak, an animal disease specialist, just after his return from an investigative research mission to Wuhan, the site of the original Covid outbreak, and surrounding areas.

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On W.H.O. Trip, China Refused to Hand Over Important Data

The information could be key to determining how and when the outbreak started, and to learning how to prevent future pandemics.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daszak-peter, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china

China Scores a Public Relations Win After W.H.O. Mission to Wuhan

Experts with the global health agency endorsed critical parts of Beijing’s narrative, even some parts that independent scientists question.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lucey-daniel-r, #politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china

Has China Done Too Well Against Covid-19?

The country doesn’t care enough about vaccination because of a false sense of security.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping, #zhang-wenhong

Voices From China’s Covid Crisis, One Year After Wuhan Lockdown

One year after China locked down Wuhan, six people describe how they found courage in adversity, calm amid grief, and meaning in chaos.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grief-emotion, #wuhan-china

How Beijing Turned China’s Covid-19 Tragedy to Its Advantage

The Communist Party’s success in reclaiming the narrative has proved to the world its ability to rally the people to its side, no matter how stumbling its actions might be.

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China Bars Entry to 2 Members of W.H.O. Team Investigating Covid in Wuhan

Beijing has repeatedly impeded the global inquiry into the emergence of the coronavirus. Two scientists on the team remained in Singapore after testing positive for antibodies.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china

A Year After Wuhan, China Tells a Tale of Triumph (and No Mistakes)

The Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to hide its missteps have taken on new urgency as the anniversary of the world’s first Covid-19 lockdown nears.

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25 Days That Changed the World: How Covid-19 Slipped China’s Grasp

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The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Timeline

The outbreak of the virus has sickened more than 80 million people. At least 1.7 million people have died. Here’s how the year unfolded.

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Chinese Citizen Journalist Sentenced to 4 Years for Covid Reporting

Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer, is the first known person to be tried for challenging the Chinese government’s narrative about the coronavirus pandemic.

#censorship, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china, #wuhan-china

A Flying Elephant, a Teacher’s Hugs: 12 Tales of Pandemic Resilience

The virus has been crushing spirits around the world, but some people refuse to be bowed. Here are their stories.

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Is Xi Jinping Too Strong for China’s Good?

Unlike any Chinese leader since 1949, he has no identifiable rivals and no likely successors.

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As China’s Propaganda Push Continues, Wuhan Emerges as a Star

New television shows have paid tribute to the city where the coronavirus emerged, focusing on residents’ heroism and glossing over official mistakes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #li-wenliang, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #television, #wuhan-china

In Hunt for Coronavirus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

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In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

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The Complexity in ‘Where Are You From?’

I lived at the same address throughout my American childhood, but neither of my Chinese-born parents could say exactly where they were from.

#children-and-childhood, #chinese-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #immigration-and-emigration, #wuhan-china

How China Brought Almost 200 Million Students Back

We’re also rounding up thought-provoking ideas about Covid-era education, and bringing you the latest local updates for K-12 and college.

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The Coronavirus Is Mutating, and That’s Fine (So Far)

SARS-CoV-2 has been slowly changing in small ways, without getting more dangerous.

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What’s Mightier Than the Coronavirus? A Freshly Killed Chicken

How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.

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America, Don’t Try to Out-China China

Beijing’s nationalism will be self-defeating in the long term. Washington should just let that run its course.

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U.S. Will Revive Global Virus-Hunting Effort Ended Last Year

A federal agency is resurrecting a version of Predict, a scientific network that for a decade watched for new pathogens dangerous to humans. Joe Biden has also vowed to fund the effort.

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In China, Where the Pandemic Began, Life Is Starting to Look … Normal

Markets, bars and restaurants are crowded again. Local virus transmissions are near zero. But some worry that people are letting their guard down too soon.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #wuhan-china

From Ai Weiwei, a Portrait of Wuhan’s Draconian Covid Lockdown

Ai said the documentary film “Coronation,” which he directed remotely from Europe, “is trying to reflect what ordinary Chinese people went through.”

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China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find

A new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in early January on the true dangers of the virus. That could affect U.S. policy on China.

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Local Officials in China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find

A new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in early January on the true dangers of the virus. That could affect U.S. policy on China.

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My Uncle Died of Covid-19 in America. In China, Would He Have Lived?

My father, a Chinese pulmonologist, believes his brother could have been saved.

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China Uses W.H.O. Inquiry to Tout Coronavirus Response

The global health agency sent two experts to China, but it is unclear how much access they are getting. They must first complete a two-week quarantine.

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8 Questions From a Disease Detective on the Pandemic’s Origins

Dr. Daniel R. Lucey wants answers to pointed questions that bear on how the coronavirus leapt from bats to humans.

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Amid a Pandemic, ‘Batman’ Matters More Than Ever

Wang Linfa has researched bats and their diseases for decades, usually drawing little public attention. Now a world wracked by the coronavirus is relying on the work of scientists like him.

#bats, #biology-and-biochemistry, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duke-university, #national-university-of-singapore, #research, #singapore, #viruses, #wang-linfa, #wuhan-china

Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months

Our “hidden enemy,” in plain sight.

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Here’s How Wuhan Tested 6.5 Million for Coronavirus in Days

The Wuhan government is close to completing its citywide testing drive. Thousands of medical and other workers were mobilized in a feat that some health experts and residents questioned.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #tests-medical, #wuhan-china

A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated

Peter Piot, 71, one of the giants of Ebola and AIDS research, is still battling a coronavirus infection that hit him “like a bus” in March.

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Treating Mild Coronavirus Cases Could Help Save Everyone

Acting before or very soon after an infection is the best way to handle most acute viral diseases. Why aren’t we focusing on that with Covid-19?

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Prominent Scientists Denounce End to Coronavirus Grant

A group of 77 Nobel laureates wants the U.S. government to review a grant cancellation for research in China directly related to preventing pandemics.

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Life in China’s Wuhan After the Coronavirus Lockdown Ends

One month later, people are learning how to navigate life on the other side of the coronavirus crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #grief-emotion, #quarantines, #wuhan-china

‘Wuhan Diary’ Offers an Angry and Eerie View From Inside Quarantine

Fang Fang’s online diary, now a book, made her a nuisance to the powers that be and a national hero to many others in China.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diaries, #fang-fang-author, #quarantines, #wuhan-china, #wuhan-diary-dispatches-from-a-quarantined-city-book

Coronavirus in Wuhan: Inside China’s Plan to Test 11 Million People

The Chinese city’s goal is unrivaled in scale. But a top expert has questioned the need for it, given the low number of infections.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #wuhan-china