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.

#animals, #bats, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecohealth-alliance, #minks-animals, #southeast-asia, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #wuhan-institute-of-virology-china

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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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.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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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

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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.

#australia, #cell-journal, #china, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evolution-biology, #hong-kong, #immune-system, #influenza, #italy, #mutation, #new-south-wales-australia, #rna-ribonucleic-acid, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vaccination-and-immunization, #victoria-australia, #viruses, #wuhan-china

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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.

#avian-influenza, #beijing-china, #bubonic-plague, #chickens, #china, #chopsticks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #food, #great-britain, #guangdong-province-china, #hong-kong, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #influenza, #plague, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rabies, #restaurants, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #smallpox, #tables, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wuhan-china

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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

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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.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #homeland-security-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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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.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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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.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #life-sustaining-support-systems-withdrawal-of, #nanchang-china, #politics-and-government, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-general-hospital, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #taiwan, #united-states, #university-of-california-san-francisco, #wuhan-china

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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.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #epidemics, #propaganda, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china

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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.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #ferrets, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #lucey-daniel-r, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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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

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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

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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.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #africa, #antwerp-belgium, #coalition-for-epidemic-preparedness-innovations, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ebola-virus, #epidemics, #immune-system, #international-aids-society, #london-england, #london-school-of-hygiene-and-tropical-medicine, #lungs, #oxygen, #piot-peter, #ramjee-gita, #sierra-leone, #singapore, #steroids, #unaids, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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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

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‘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

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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

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Pick Your Favorite Anxiety

Cuomo or Trump? China or Europe?

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #europe, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #wuhan-china

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We’re All Casualties of Trump’s War on Coronavirus Science

The administration kneecaps experts as the coronavirus rages.

#bright-rick-a, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daszak-peter, #ecohealth-alliance, #epidemics, #national-institutes-of-health, #science-and-technology, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whistle-blowers, #wuhan-china

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As States Rush to Reopen, Scientists Fear a Coronavirus Comeback

Officials are under pressure to restart the economy, but many states are moving too quickly, researchers say. The costs may be measured in lost lives.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #national-bureau-of-economic-research, #resolve-to-save-lives, #shutdowns-institutional, #sweden, #united-states, #wuhan-china

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The Chinese Lab Theory

Is Beijing keeping a secret? Or are the exact origins of the coronavirus still a mystery?

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #wuhan-china

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New Studies Add to Evidence that Children May Transmit the Coronavirus

Experts said the new data suggest that cases could soar in many U.S. communities if schools reopen soon.

#children-and-childhood, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #epidemics, #germany, #research, #science-journal, #shanghai-china, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus Survivors Want Answers, and China Is Silencing Them

In Wuhan, where the pandemic started, the police have threatened and interrogated grieving relatives. Lawyers have been warned not to help them sue.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #wuhan-china

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Pompeo Ties Coronavirus to China Lab, Despite Spy Agencies’ Uncertainty

The secretary of state cited “enormous evidence” that the virus came from a research laboratory in Wuhan, backing an assertion by President Trump.

#china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wuhan-china

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Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs

Some analysts are worried that the pressure from senior officials could distort assessments about the coronavirus and be used as a weapon in an escalating battle with China.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #grenell-richard, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #national-security-council, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #pompeo-mike, #pottinger-matthew, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wuhan-china

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