'Bombshell' NIH letter on bat coronavirus research reveals Fauci's big lie, professor says
A leading critic of the National Institutes of Health contends the federal agency “put at risk” U.S. public health and national security by funding a bat coronavirus research project by EcoHealth Alliance.news.yahoo.com
Wuhan scientists planned to release coronaviruses into cave bats 18 months before outbreak
Wuhan scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronaviruses into Chinese bat populations to inoculate them against diseases that could jump to humans, leaked grant proposals dating from 2018 show.news.yahoo.com
Inside the Wuhan lab: French engineering, deadly viruses and a big mystery
One chilly morning in February 2017, a tall Chinese scientist in his 50s named Yuan Zhiming showed Bernard Cazeneuve, then the French prime minister, around Wuhan's new high-security pathogen lab. Built with French engineering, it was China's first P4 lab, one of several dozen in the world with that highest security designation. Yuan, the director of the lab, had worked more than a decade to make it a reality. Subscribe to The Post Most newsletter for the most important and interesting stories fnews.yahoo.com
U.S. intelligence agencies split on Covid-19 origins, offer no high-confidence conclusions in new report
WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community said Thursday that it was divided over the exact origin of Covid-19 in China. "After examining all available intelligence reporting and other information, though, the IC remains divided on the most likely origin of Covid-19. Four agencies said they had low confidence that the virus had a natural emergence, according to the report. In May, President Joe Biden ordered a closer intelligence review of what he described as two likely scenarios of the origins of the Covid-19. "Not to say that it could not have been under study secretly at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and got out of there, we don't know about that.cnbc.com
WHO leader says Chinese pressure shaped conclusions on lab leak
The former head of the World Health Organization team that investigated the origins of COVID-19 admitted Chinese officials pressured his team to conclude a Wuhan lab leak was “extremely unlikely” in their flawed final report.news.yahoo.com
WHO expert 'had concerns' about lab close to 1st COVID cases
When a World Health Organization-led team traveled to China earlier this year to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official said he was worried about biosafety standards at a laboratory close to the market where the first human cases were detected, according to a documentary released Thursday by TV2, a Danish television channel.
Delta variant challenges China's costly lockdown strategy
The delta variant is challenging China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting warnings that Chinese leaders who were confident they could keep the coronavirus out of the country need a less disruptive approach. As the highly contagious variant pushes leaders in the United States, Australia and elsewhere to renew restrictions, President Xi Jinping’s government is fighting the most serious outbreak since last year's peak in Wuhan. The ruling Communist Party is reviving tactics that shut down China: Access to a city of 1.5 million people has been cut off, flights canceled and mass testing ordered in some areas.news.yahoo.com
GOP report says October 2019 Wuhan military games were ‘one of the earliest superspreader events’
House Foreign Affairs Republicans concluded the World Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019 was “one of the earliest super spreader events” during the pandemic, with their new report contending COVID-19 escaped from a Wuhan lab in late August or early September 2019 — with China covering it up for months.news.yahoo.com
China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads
China has suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019.
Peter Daszak should be subpoenaed in Wuhan lab investigation, House GOP says
A House Foreign Affairs Committee Republican report that points the finger at the Wuhan lab as the origin of COVID-19 has called on scientist Peter Daszak to be subpoenaed, calling him the “public face” of a Chinese “disinformation campaign designed to suppress public discussion about a potential lab leak.”news.yahoo.com
GOP report says evidence 'proves' COVID emerged from Wuhan lab
House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans released their report on COVID-19’s origins, pointing to evidence of a lab leak, genetic modification, and a cover-up, making the case the virus accidentally emerged from the Wuhan lab in the fall of 2019.news.yahoo.com
Republicans argue Fauci emails show NIH funded gain-of-function research at Wuhan lab
Top House Republicans argue that emails and other evidence show that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and are calling on its director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to explain his repeated sworn testimony to the contrary.news.yahoo.com
Fauci praises Wuhan scientists and defends funding of bat coronavirus research
Dr. Anthony Fauci praised the “qualified, highly respected Chinese scientists” the National Institutes of Health collaborated with at the Wuhan Institute of Virology over the years, defending NIH’s funding of bat coronavirus research in China.news.yahoo.com
Experts question if WHO should lead pandemic origins probe
As the World Health Organization draws up plans for the next phase of its probe into how the coronavirus pandemic started, an increasing number of scientists say it isn’t up to the task and that the U.N. health agency shouldn’t even be the one to investigate.
China, US diplomats clash over human rights, pandemic origin
Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
China pushes to expand virus origin search beyond its border
Chinese health officials pushed Wednesday for expanding the search for the origins of COVID-19 beyond China, one day after the release of a World Health Organization report on the issue. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING – Chinese health officials pushed Wednesday to expand the search for the origins of the coronavirus beyond China, one day after the release of a closely watched World Health Organization report on the issue. The search for the origins of the virus has become a diplomatic feud. "On this issue, what our Chinese experts can see is the same as what the foreign experts can see,” he said. “We are concerned that this investigation faced delays and the lack of access to virus samples," he said Wednesday.
WHO team urges patience after 1st look for origin of virus
She said the study did not rise to the level of the impact that the pandemic has had on the world. Ad“This is only a first start -- we’ve only scratched the surface of this very complex set of studies that need to be conducted,” Ben Embarek said. While the team members believe one hypothesis that the virus could have leaked from a laboratory was not likely, it was “not impossible” either, he said. There are no firm conclusions," Ben Embarek said. "And I think that’s how we should look at the whole outcome of this report — and this work.”___Josh Boak contributed from Baltimore.
World leaders call for pandemic treaty, but short on details
"The world cannot afford to wait until the pandemic is over to start planning for the next one,” Tedros said during a news conference. Steven Solomon, WHO's principal legal officer, said the proposed pandemic treaty would need to be ratified by lawmakers in the participating countries. European Council President Charles Michel first laid out the idea of a pandemic treaty at the U.N. General Assembly in December. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. has concerns about the current push for a new pandemic treaty. “That should be our focus currently.”WHO legal officer Solomon said the pandemic treaty might also address issues such as the sharing of vaccine technology and vaccine supplies, but gave no indication how that might happen.
WHO report: COVID likely 1st jumped into humans from animals
Matthew Kavanagh of Georgetown University said the report deepened the understanding of the virus's origins, but more information was needed. Topping the list was transmission from bats through another animal, which they said was likely to very likely. They evaluated direct spread from bats to humans as likely, and said that spread to humans from the packaging of “cold-chain” food products was possible but not likely. AdWhile it’s possible an infected animal contaminated packaging that was then brought to Wuhan and infected humans, the report said the probability is very low. “It's hard to be definitive and rule anything out.” But he said most scientists agree that bats are the most likely source.
China outlines COVID-origin findings, ahead of WHO report
Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday, March 26, 2021, on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a long-awaited report from the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING – Chinese officials briefed diplomats Friday on the ongoing research into the origin of COVID-19, ahead of the expected release of a long-awaited report from the World Health Organization. The briefing appeared to be an attempt by China to get out its view on the report, which has become enmeshed in a diplomatic spat. The U.S. and others have raised questions about Chinese influence and the independence of the findings, and China has accused critics of politicizing a scientific study. At a Biden administration health briefing Friday, U.S. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the agency was looking forward to the release of the WHO report.
One Good Thing: An artist preserves Wuhan's COVID memories
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)WUHAN – Scribbled instructions for incoming patients plastered on the window of a silent hospital reception counter. Fear gripped the city as authorities abruptly shut its residents in their homes and froze transport links on Jan. 23. With public transportation closed, the only solution was to bicycle to the hospital, with Yang leading the way. AdSoon after sending the mother-daughter pair to hospital, Yang came down with a fever and cough and feared she had the virus. Yang is currently working on a wall-size aerial view of Wuhan under lockdown, with individual residents represented by black ink dots.
Expert says origins of pandemic could be known in few years
Koopmans, who was also on the WHO-led team, said they considered numerous hypotheses for how the pandemic might have started, including the possibility of a laboratory accident. He said the wildlife trade was the most likely explanation of how COVID-19 arrived in Wuhan, where the first human cases were detected. Ad“I am convinced we’re going to find out fairly soon within the next few years," Daszak said regarding the outbreak's origins. Marion Koopmans, who was also on the WHO-led team, said they considered numerous hypotheses for how the pandemic might have started, including the possibility of a laboratory accident. As with all WHO missions, the team members and itinerary of the trip had to be approved by China.
The Latest: SKorea to give shots to elders in long-term care
AdHe also sanctioned a bill that makes the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines easier. However, the actual numbers of COVID-19 cases, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher, in part due to limited testing. Murphy, who’s running for re-election this, said the state’s COVID-19 trends are headed in the right direction, though they’ve been up a bit this week. ___SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s governor says all adults in the state will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines on April 1. Ad___PHOENIX — Arizona on Wednesday reported 830 confirmed coronavirus cases and 78 deaths, following two days of no new deaths.
China fires back at US allegations of lack of transparency
The World Health Organization team is briefed outside of the Huanan Seafood Market on the third day of their field visit in Wuhan, China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING – China fired back at the U.S. on Sunday over allegations from the White House that Beijing withheld some information about the coronavirus outbreak from World Health Organization investigators. "To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak." In their comments while in China, team members said they had some new insights into the origins of the pandemic that has killed more than 2.3 million people, but that major questions are still unanswered. ___This story has been corrected to show that the White House national security adviser's statement was issued on Saturday, not Friday.
EXPLAINER: What the WHO coronavirus experts learned in Wuhan
AdHere's a look at the theories the team explored during their visit:THE BATSThe mission to Wuhan did not change a major theory about where the virus came from. Chinese health officials note that only surfaces at the market tested positive for the virus, not any of the animal products. ___THE LABThe Chinese and the international experts concluded it is extremely unlikely the virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a lab with an extensive collection of virus samples. WHO team member Marion Koopmans noted that it still wouldn't answer the question of where the virus came from originally. Team member Thea Koelsen Fischer said she did not get to see raw data and had to rely on an analysis of the data that was presented to her.
WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)WUHAN – The coronavirus most likely first appeared in humans after jumping from an animal, a team of international and Chinese scientists looking for the origins of COVID-19 said Tuesday, saying an alternate theory that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab was unlikely. And it allowed the joint Chinese-WHO team to further explore the lab leak theory — which former U.S. President Donald Trump and officials from his administration had put forward without evidence — and decide it was unlikely. But another team member, Danish scientist Thea Koelsen Fischer, told reporters that team members could not rule out the possibility of further investigation and new leads. He also noted that there were no reports of this virus in any lab anywhere before the pandemic. Liang, the head of the Chinese team, said the virus also appeared to have been spreading in parts of the city other than the market, so it remains possible that the virus originated elsewhere.
AP Interview: China granted WHO team full access in Wuhan
Daszak, part of the team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan, says the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they requested to visit and meet with. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)WUHAN – A member of the World Health Organization expert team investigating the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan said the Chinese side granted full access to all sites and personnel they requested — a level of openness that even he hadn’t expected. So really good," said the British-born zoologist, who is president of the NGO EcoHealth Alliance in New York City. Daszak said the team was also given wide access when visiting hospitals that treated patients in the initial outbreak at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020. The same level of access was given at the Huanan Seafood Market that was linked to early case clusters, he said.
The Latest: Mexico's president has negative antigen test
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MEXICO CITY __ Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador posted a video Thursday saying he had tested negative on an antigen test, after testing positive for COVID-19 about 12 days ago. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker turned down the idea Thursday. He says, “The trend is favorable, but the situation is still very, very bad.”Spain has administered 1.67 million vaccine doses, with more than 586,000 people getting both doses. Ad___TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has received its first batch of the Russian coronavirus vaccine. Iranian state TV quoted Tehran’s ambassador to Russia, Kazem Jalali, as saying Iran has ordered 5 million doses from Russia.
WHO team in Wuhan says discussions open, meetings frank
Peter Ben Embarek of the World Health Organization team, at left, arrives for a field visit at the Service Center for Party Members and Residents of Jiangxinyuan Community in Wuhan, China on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. The team on Thursday spent around two hours meetings with managers and residents at the Jiangxinyuan community administrative center in Wuhan's Hanyang District. Earlier, Daszak tweeted images of media outside the virology institute, saying: “Thanking the press for their patience and interest in getting this news out to the world. The Wuhan Institute of Virology has collected extensive virus samples, leading to unproven allegations that it may have caused the original outbreak by leaking the virus into the surrounding community. China has also pushed ahead with a plan to vaccinate 50 million people for COVID-19 by the middle of this month.
China not convinced by Canada's Wu-Tang Clan explanation
(John Shearer/Invision via AP)BEIJING – A ruckus brought by China over Canadian T-shirts bearing an altered logo of the New York hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan continued Wednesday, with China’s Foreign Ministry saying it didn’t buy Canada’s explanation that the shirts were not an insult linked to the coronavirus. Canada's Foreign Ministry said this week that the shirts using the “W” logo of the Wu-Tang Clan but with the group’s name replaced with “Wuhan” was not intended as a slight. The Chinese-made T-shirts were reportedly ordered last summer by someone at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing and word of them began circulating recently on the internet in China. China says her case is politically motivated as part of a U.S. effort to stifle the nation’s global economic expansion. In apparent retaliation, China detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor, placed restrictions on various Canadian exports to China, and sentenced a convicted Canadian drug smuggler to death in a sudden retrial.
WHO team visits Wuhan virus lab at center of speculation
Journalists and security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology after a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Reporters followed the team to the high security facility, but as with past visits, there was little direct access to team members, who have given scant details of their discussions and visits thus far. AdOne of China’s top virus research labs, the Wuhan Institute of Virology built an archive of genetic information about bat coronaviruses after the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. That has led to unproven allegations that it may have a link to the original outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan in late 2019. One possibility is that a wildlife poacher might have passed the virus to traders who carried it to Wuhan.
Biden boosting vaccine allotments, financing for virus costs
Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the White House said. The administration is also boosting by 500,000 the weekly allocation of vaccines sent directly to states and territories for the coming weeks, up to 10.5 million. It is allowing state and local governments to receive additional federal dollars to cover previously incurred expenses relating to the pandemic. The number of participating pharmacies and the allocation of vaccines are expected to accelerate as drug makers increase production. The Biden administration has sought to increase certainty to state governments on their upcoming allocations to streamline deliveries and prevent stockpiling of second doses for the two-dose regimens.
Wu-Tang Clan or Wuhan? T-shirt ignites new China-Canada tiff
In this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, flags of Canada and China are placed for the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing, China. China says it has lodged a formal complaint with Canada over T-shirts ordered by one of the countrys Beijing Embassy staff that allegedly mocked Chinas response to the coronavirus outbreak. But Canadian media reported the logo was a W in homage to the New York hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan and that Ottawa had apologized for any misunderstanding. The T-shirts were reportedly ordered last summer and it wasn't clear if any were still in circulation. China says her case is politically motivated as part of a U.S. effort to stifle the nation's global economic expansion.
WHO team visits animal disease center in Wuhan, China
A member of a World Health Organization team is seen wearing protective gear during a field visit to the Hubei Animal Disease Control and Prevention Center for another day of field visit in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. The WHO team is investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)WUHAN – A World Health Organization team of international experts visited an animal disease center in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Tuesday as part of their investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. He also tweeted that they had met with staff in charge of livestock health in Hubei province, toured laboratories and had an in-depth discussion along with questions and answers. AdIntense negotiations preceded the WHO visit to Wuhan, where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in late 2019.
The Latest: Wash. state warns hospitals on VIP vaccinations
The state crossed that mark Monday, exactly a year after officials reported the first case of a coronavirus infection in Massachusetts. — Maryland’s acting health secretary says the state’s hospitals have received less than half of their expected allocations of second doses of the coronavirus vaccine for front-line health workers this week. Schrader says state officials were talked with the federal Department of Health and Human Services all weekend trying to figure out what happened. The CDC says Iowa has delivered 190,689 first vaccine doses to individuals, or 6,044 per 100,000 people, the third lowest rate in the nation. Ad___PRAGUE — The Czech Republic is not planning to limit use of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for elderly people like some other European Union nations.
WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)WUHAN – A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited two disease control centers on Monday that had an early hand in managing the outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The team on Monday visited both the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and its Wuhan city office, amid tight Chinese controls on access to information about the virus. AdThe evidence the team assembles will add to what is expected to be a years-long quest for answers. At a press briefing, WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said the team has plans to visit the Wuhan Institute of Virology, among other sites. Two people died of the disease in January, the first reported COVID-19 deaths in China in several months.
WHO teams visits Wuhan food market in search of virus clues
The market was the site of a December 2019 outbreak of the virus. The market has since been largely ruled out but it could provide hints to how the virus spread so widely. “Very important site visits today — a wholesale market first & Huanan Seafood Market just now," Peter Daszak, a zoologist with the U.S. group EcoHealth Alliance and a member of the WHO team, said in a tweet. The market was the food distribution center for Wuhan during the city's 76-day lockdown last year. AdOne possibility is that a wildlife poacher might have passed the virus to traders who carried it to Wuhan.
China’s manufacturing, services sectors weaken in January
Workers move boxes of computers on a street of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING – An official indicator of China’s manufacturing activity weakened for a second consecutive month in January, following outbreaks of domestic COVID-19 cases that affected the operations of some industries. The purchasing managers’ index, or PMI, for China’s manufacturing sector fell to 51.3 in January, down 0.6 percentage points from December, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics on Sunday. Readings above 50 indicate expansion of the manufacturing industry, while a reading below it reflects a contraction. AdThe PMI for China’s non-manufacturing sector came in at 52.4 in January, down from 55.7 in December, according to NBS.
WHO team visits 2nd Wuhan hospital in virus investigation
The World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited another Wuhan hospital that had treated early COVID-19 patients on their second full day of work on Saturday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)WUHAN – Members of a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic visited another Wuhan hospital that had treated early COVID-19 patients on their second full day of work Saturday. “All hypotheses are on the table as the team follows the science in their work to understand the origins of the COVID19 virus,” WHO tweeted. One possibility is that a wildlife poacher might have passed the virus to traders who carried it to Wuhan. ___The story has been updated to correct the spelling of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital.
WHO team visits Wuhan hospital that had early virus patients
The WHO team members and Chinese officials earlier had their first in-person meetings at a hotel ahead of field visits in and around the central city of Wuhan in the coming days. She said they were discussing their program of visits and Chinese team leader “prof. “All hypotheses are on the table as the team follows the science in their work to understand the origins of the COVID19 virus,” WHO tweeted. One possibility is that a wildlife poacher might have passed the virus to traders who carried it to Wuhan. ___Associated Press photographer Ng Han Guan in Wuhan, China, and video journalist Sam McNeil in Beijing contributed to this report.
WHO team in Wuhan departs quarantine for COVID origins study
Workers wave to the team of experts from the World Health Organization who ended their quarantine and prepare to leave the quarantine hotel by bus in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)WUHAN – A World Health Organization team emerged from quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday to start field work in a fact-finding mission on the origins of the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The mission has become politically charged, as China seeks to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak. “All hypotheses are on the table as the team follows the science in their work to understand the origins of the COVID19 virus,” WHO tweeted. One possible source of the virus is bats in caves in rural Yunnan province, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) southwest of Wuhan.
The Latest: Anchorage opens up after COVID-19 drop, vaccines
Plastic surgeon Daniel Suver receives the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine from Andrea Castelblanco during a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Anchorage is averaging about 60 new COVID-19 cases a day, said Dr. Janet Johnston, the epidemiologist for the Anchorage Health Department. More than 90 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be produced in Japan. Ad___SACRAMENTO -- California reported its second-highest number of COVID-19 deaths — while the rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to drop. ___ALBANY, N.Y. — New York may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents by thousands.
Asia Today: China's big holiday travel season light so far
This year, authorities have offered free refunds on plane tickets and extra pay for workers who stay put to dissuade travel for the holiday. The National Health Commission on Thursday reported 41 new cases of local transmission of the virus, a decline from previous days. The Philippines has nearly 520,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the second-highest number in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, and 10,552 deaths. — Vietnam has reported 82 new COVID-19 cases in two clusters, hours after counting its first new local cases in nearly two months. Meanwhile, Australia has extended its suspension of quarantine-free travel from New Zealand for another three days.
Relative of virus victim asks to meet WHO experts in Wuhan
Zhang is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government. China approved the visit by researchers under the auspices of the U.N. agency only after months of negotiations. The WHO team, which arrived in Wuhan on Jan. 14 to investigate the origins of the virus, is expected to begin field work later this week after a 14-day quarantine. Zhang, a Wuhan native now living in the southern city of Shenzhen, has been organizing relatives of coronavirus victims in China to demand accountability from officials. Many are angry that the state downplayed the virus at the beginning of the outbreak, and have attempted to file lawsuits against the Wuhan government.
The Latest: Chicago opens restaurants, some bars with limits
British doctors are urging the government to review its policy of delaying 2nd virus vaccine shot for 12 weeks. ___SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico on Saturday reported 859 additional COVID-19 cases and 38 more deaths. The state health secretary says 584 people are on a waiting list for hospital beds, 101 of them requiring intensive therapy. The U.S. leads the world with 24.8 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 415,000 deaths. ___MILAN — Italian premier Giuseppe Conte is pledging legal action not only against Pfizer but any pharmaceutical company that doesn’t meet its coronavirus vaccine commitments.
Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic
Residents practice Taiji at a park in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Life has largely returned to normal in the city of 11 million, even as the rest of the world grapples with the spread of the virus' more contagious variants. Wuhan accounted for the bulk of China’s 4,635 deaths from COVID-19, a number that has largely stayed static for months. China on Saturday announced another 107 cases, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 88,911. “Since Wuhan people went through the pandemic, they've done better in personal precautions than people in other regions."
A year after Wuhan lockdown, a world still deep in crisis
Dr. Eric Topol, head of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, said the U.S. should aim to vaccinate 2.5 million a day. Germany extended its lockdown this week until Feb. 14 amid concern about the mutant viruses. The 76-day Wuhan lockdown began a year ago with a notice sent to people’s smartphones at 2 a.m. announcing the airport and train and bus stations would shut at 10 a.m. By the time of the lockdown, the virus had spread well beyond China's borders. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that of nearly 40 million doses distributed to the states so far, just 19 million have been dispensed.
2 films offer 2 tales ahead of Wuhan lockdown anniversary
China is rolling out the state-backed film praising Wuhan ahead of the anniversary of the 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)WUHAN – Two new films about Wuhan were released Friday, the eve of the anniversary of the 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. The state-backed film, directed by Cao Jinling, debuted in Wuhan and goes into general release in other Chinese cities on Friday. Ai’s film tackles the same story from the perspective of construction workers, delivery staff, medical workers and Wuhan residents. ___Associated Press photographer Ng Han Guan in Wuhan, China, and writer Huizhong Wu in Taipei, Taiwan, contributed to this report.
Study: Children nearly 60% more likely than older adults to spread COVID-19
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A new epidemiological study from the University of Florida found that while children are less susceptible to COVID-19, they can be nearly 60% more likely than adults over 60 to infect exposed family members. The overall contribution of child cases to household transmission was still limited, the study determined, as children were isolated faster than adults who were infected. Older adults were more likely to become infected than younger household members, especially those under age 20. While children were less susceptible to COVID-19 infection than adults and they generally experienced less severe symptoms, they were just as likely to develop symptoms as adults. “I recommend following CDC guidelines and taking extra caution when a household or family member is infected,” Yang said.