Claim: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is the same as COVID-19.
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Circulating on social media: Claim that British Airways mandated COVID-19 vaccines for its pilots.
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Factual Reads on Coronavirus
How COVID-19 Could Lead to a Golden Age of Innovation
A comparison of the U.S. response to World War II and COVID-19 shows where we’ve gone wrong—and how to adjust course.
-- The Atlantic, June 28
Claim that Chinese team hid early SARS-CoV-2 sequences to stymie origin hunt sparks furor
The unreviewed paper, by evolutionary biologist Jesse Bloom of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, asserts that a team of Chinese researchers sampled viruses from some of the earliest COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, China, posted the viral sequences to a widely used U.S. database, and then a few months later had the genetic information removed to “obscure their existence.”
-- Science, June 23
UK scientist with links to Wuhan lab 'recuses himself' from inquiry into Covid origins
Dr Peter Daszak has left investigation into coronavirus emergence after concerns raised over links with Chinese laboratory.
-- Telegraph, June 22
New Coronavirus Variants Are Urgently Being Tracked Around the World
Genomic sequencing efforts are limited in developing countries, but scientists are mobilizing to help.
-- Scientific American, June 21
Former CDC director Redfield explains why he believes COVID-19 emerged from lab, WHO 'compromised'
Redfield argued COVID-19's efficient human-to-human spread contradicted behavior of other deadly coronaviruses with similar profiles.
-- Fox News, June 15
A Top Virologist in China, at Center of a Pandemic Storm, Speaks Out
The virologist, Shi Zhengli, said in a rare interview that speculation about her lab in Wuhan was baseless. But China’s habitual secrecy makes her claims hard to validate.
-- New York Times (via Todayonline.com), June 14
Why India’s Second COVID Surge Is So Much Worse Than the First
Large gatherings and much more lenient restrictions have allowed the virus to spread at devastating levels.
-- Scientific American, June 9
The Science Suggests a Wuhan Lab Leak
The Covid-19 pathogen has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.
-- Wall Street Journal (via BizNews), June 6
We may never know where the virus came from. But evidence still suggests nature.
Labs like the one in Wuhan are essential to preparing for future pandemics.
-- Washington Post, June 4
The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins
Throughout 2020, the notion that the novel coronavirus leaked from a lab was off-limits. Those who dared to push for transparency say toxic politics and hidden agendas kept us in the dark.
-- Vanity Fair, June 3
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