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    On the evening of Monday, March 1, Iraq received 50,000 doses of vaccines from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm. The vaccination campaign begins this Tuesday, knowing that the country has about 40 million inhabitants. “A gift to the Iraqi people” After announcing the arrival of vaccines, Seif al-Badr, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, said in comments relayed by the French press as Le Figaro: “we are going to start the vaccinations today”. The Chinese embassy evoking “a gift to the Iraqi people”. When the plane carrying the vaccines landed at Baghdad, the ministry explained having recommended, in the wake, 2 million other doses to Beijing. At the same time, he launched an internet platform for ‘free’ vaccination appointments. The Iraqi authorities have been under fire for months for their handling of the Covid-19, knowing that their borders are said to be ‘porous’ with theIran,...
    The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) concluded Chinese officials did “little” to investigate the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus and were uncooperative with international investigators during the first eight months of the pandemic, according to an internal document written in August which the UK Guardian made public on Tuesday. The document viewed by the Guardian was the executive summary of a travel report prepared by a W.H.O. team that met with Chinese officials last summer. “Following extensive discussions with and presentation from Chinese counterparts, it appears that little had been done in terms of epidemiological investigations around Wuhan since January 2020. The data presented orally gave a few more details than what was presented at the emergency committee meetings in January 2020. No PowerPoint presentations were made and no documents were shared,” the report said of those meetings, which lasted ten days. The tenor of this internal document was quite different...
    Estimates are all over the place, but it’s now beyond dispute that Soviet policies in the 1930s led to the deaths of somewhere between 7 and 12 million Ukrainians (about the equivalent to killing every person in Michigan today). It’s one of the greatest horrors in world history. The world knew little about the Ukrainian famine at the time. When independent journalists tried to get news out about the atrocity, they were accused of promoting conspiracy theories. Sound familiar? The New York Times, whose Moscow bureau led efforts to protect the Soviet Union and crush dissenting viewpoints, has since apologized for its role in suppressing news about the famine. Based on the media’s handling of COVID-19 reporting today, however, it’s clear we have forgotten any lessons once learned about the dangers of suppressing ideas and dissent on unproven matters the way the Times did to such tragic effect all those...
    (CNN)When World Health Organization investigators wrapped up their work examining the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan this month, Chinese officials were clear where they felt the WHO should look next."(We hope) that following China's example, the US side will act in a positive, science-based and cooperative manner on the origin-tracing issue (and) invite WHO experts in for an origin-tracing study," Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said last week. Going even further, Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist at China's Center for Disease Control, said the US should now be "the focus" of global efforts to trace the virus. That Chinese officials should point to the US when discussing the origins of a virus first detected in central China may at first appear confusing to many. But for months now, China has been advancing alternative theories for how the coronavirus first emerged, ones that would obviate any blame officials in Wuhan may bear for not...
    More On: Coronavirus World’s second-oldest person survives COVID-19 at age 116 New virus found in bats similar to one that causes COVID-19 This is what quarantine in Olympic-host Japan looks like Britain threatens 10-year prison sentence for lying about pandemic travel WUHAN, China — A World Health Organization team is leaving China on Wednesday after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide — but with the major questions still unanswered. The visit was politically sensitive for China — which is concerned about any allegations it didn’t handle the initial outbreak properly — and has been closely watched around the world. Team member Peter Daszak sounded an upbeat note on arriving at the airport at the end of the four-week trip to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in...
    February 10, 2021 12:14 PM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The United States (US) authorities distanced themselves from the theory of the Administration of former president, Donald Trump, which linked the coronavirus to a Chinese laboratory. And it did so after the team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) who traveled to the Asian country to investigate the origin of the virus concluded that COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease. “I think instead of jumping to conclusions that can be motivated by anything but science, we have to look at the data in front of us, where science is taking us. “This was stated by State Department spokesman Ned Price at a press conference. There he clarified that the Joe Biden Administration” clearly supports the investigation “of the WHO. The WHO team arrived in Wuhan on January 14, considered the epicenter city of the pandemic. After 2...
    WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team is leaving China on Wednesday after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide — but with the major questions still unanswered. The visit was politically sensitive for China — which is concerned about any allegations it didn’t handle the initial outbreak properly — and has been closely watched around the world. Team member Peter Daszak sounded an upbeat note on arriving at the airport at the end of the four-week trip to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in December 2019. “We have clear leads on what the next steps should be,” he said. “We know a lot more after the work that’s been done.” The team’s major conclusions seemed to confirm what most researchers had already surmised about...
    By EMILY WANG FUJIYAMA and KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press WUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team is leaving China on Wednesday after gaining some new insights into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 2.3 million people worldwide — but with the major questions still unanswered. The visit was politically sensitive for China — which is concerned about any allegations it didn't handle the initial outbreak properly — and has been closely watched around the world. Team member Peter Daszak sounded an upbeat note on arriving at the airport at the end of the four-week trip to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in December 2019. “We have clear leads on what the next steps should be," he said. "We know a lot more after the work that's been done.” The team's major conclusions seemed to...
    The team of investigators traveling to Wuhan, responsible for finding the origin of the virus, said on Tuesday that it found no indication in the city to suggest that the virus was present there before December 2019. Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, the head of the delegation of Chinese experts, Liang Wannian, said: “There is not enough evidence (…) to determine whether the SARS-CoV-2 has spread to Wuhan before December 2019 “, report BFMTV. The investigative team made up of Chinese and WHO experts began in late January to search for the origin of the coronavirus at Wuhan, the Chinese city considered to be the first epicenter of the virus. After a few days of investigation in the field, they believe that the coronavirus was not present in the city of Wuhan long before its appearance in December 2019. The WHO Head of Mission in China also indicated...
    Thousands of Chinese paid tribute on Saturday on social networks to doctor Li Wenliang, one of the first to have alerted to the dangerousness of the new coronavirus which appeared in Wuhan (center), on the first anniversary of his death from Covid -19 in February 2020. Li, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, had shared with colleagues on social networks his concerns about the spread of a new coronavirus similar to SARS in December 2019. He had been summoned by the police, who accused him of spreading “rumors”. His death from Covid-19, which he had contracted after being infected by a patient, had sparked a wave of sadness and anger in the country. Chinese Internet users criticized on this occasion the management of the crisis by the Chinese authorities, accused of having lacked transparency. Li’s personal page on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, remains one of the few...
    Chinese police have dismantled a network selling fake Covid-19 vaccines. The official press agency New China revealed on Monday, February 1, that local police succeeded in dismantling a network of fake coronavirus vaccines, report ..com. This police intervention is part of the fight against crimes related to counterfeit vaccines against Covid-19. This operation against false vaccines was started in China last September. Chinese police made several arrests in different cities, in Beijing, Shanghai and also in Shandong province located in the east of the country. Over 3,000 fake vaccines with syringes containing salt water were confiscated by local authorities, says Lematin.ch. > See our dossier on China.
            by Conrad Black  It is almost impossible to describe adequately how absurd the partisan abrasions of American politics appear after listening to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s virtual address earlier this week to the inevitable World Economic Forum at Davos. A more unlikely setting could not be imagined: Davos is a dingy, cold, little town inhabited by grumpy German Swiss with inferior hotels and restaurants and one of the few benefits of the coronavirus pandemic is that Davos is now virtual and the rigors of its Spartan, humorless, relentless globalism may be moderated somewhat by the comforts of home. The industrious founder and head of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, is deservedly making a considerable fortune from his imaginative brainwave from some 50 years ago of inviting prominent people to address groups of other prominent people and pocket huge fees from the wealthy for the...
    A rescue team disinfects a theater in Wuhan, China. Xia Junjun/VCG via Getty Images Chinese state media is spreading a conspiracy theory that a US Army base created the novel coronavirus. It's also pushing the idea that Pfizer's vaccine is unsafe for the elderly, a claim disproven by researchers. The misinformation push comes as a team of WHO scientists arrive in Wuhan to study the virus origins. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chinese state media is playing up a baseless conspiracy theory that the novel coronavirus was created in a US lab, and is also claiming that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may actually be killing the elderly. A report from the Associated Press found that state-sponsored media groups have been waging a two-pronged disinformation campaign to deflect responsibility for the coronavirus onto the West and discrediting Western-produced vaccines in favor of Chinese-manufactured ones.  Last week, the...
    A Wuhan nightclub, a Chinese city considered the cradle of the COVID-19 pandemic,it now symbolizes regained freedom while the rest of the world closes in and confines itself. The DJs are overexcited, the music is thunderous, and the youngsters are preparing to experience a white night of partying, says . report. One year after being quarantined on January 23, 2020, this metropolis of 11 million inhabitants, where the first cases of COVID-19 emerged, is no longer the ghostly city that then astonished the rest of the world. And while much of the planet imposes curfews, confinements and social distancing, in Wuhan nightlife is at its peak. For Entering the « Super Monkey » (Super Mono), a huge nightclub in the city center, it is not necessary to be on a VIP list and there are no clothing requirements. But the mask is mandatory and the guards at the entrance control the temperature...
    A person walks past a Microsoft logo at the Microsoft office in Beijing, China August 4, 2020.Thomas Peter | Reuters BEIJING — Foreigners put more of their money in China last year as the country's size and growth stood out in a world still trying to manage the coronavirus pandemic. In the capital city of Beijing, foreign investors claimed more than a third of commercial real estate deals, an increase from prior years, property manager JLL said Thursday. "Beijing is expected to remain a strong choice for foreign investors, particularly as the nation's capital is predicted to see more signs of recovery sooner than most other major markets overseas," Michael Wang, senior director of capital markets for JLL North China, said in a release.VIDEO2:2302:23U.S. needs to work with China and keeps it in check: U.S. Chamber of CommerceSquawk Box AsiaCovid-19 first emerged in late 2019 in the Chinese city of...
    China’s state-run propaganda outlet Global Times concluded in an opinion column Sunday that the vast majority of Americans assume their state will soon collapse. The article, citing the alleged results of a poll from the Washington rumor publication Axios, referred to America as a “third world failed state” where citizens live in “distress, fear, and horror,” citing tensions prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The article follows weeks of an unprecedented resurgence of the Chinese coronavirus within its native country that has resulted in extensive lockdowns throughout the vast country, from the greater Beijing area to the city where the virus originated, Hubei province capital Wuhan. In articles placed significantly below the column predicting the complete demise of the United States, the Global Times admitted that 11 regions across China are under lockdown and that coronavirus testing experts in Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing, had falsified documentation to fabricate fake negative...
    SCIENTISTS at a Chinese lab linked to the outbreak of coronavirus reportedly revealed they were bitten while collecting samples in a cave packed with infected bats. One researcher - from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (W.I.V) - is said to have claimed fangs went through his rubber gloves "like a needle" leaving him spattered with blood. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 6Scientists at the the Wuhan Institute of Virology 'admitted to being attacked by bats'Credit: CCTV13 6Swelling on one researcher's limb after being bitten during experimentsCredit: CCTV13 A video - which first emerged two years ago - also apparently shows scientists working on "live viruses" without gloves and masks in an apparent breach of the World Health Organisation safety rules. The startling claims come just 24 hours after it was revealed the scientist dubbed “Patient Zero” who vanished from the Wuhan lab at the start...
    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on his social media accounts that he will be the first in the country to Vaccinego against him Covid-19 with a drug created by the Chinese Sinopharm. « I announce today that to build confidence in the Vaccinetion and encourage the fight against infection by CoronavirusI’ll be the first to Vaccinerme, « Hun Sen was quoted as saying by the Khmer Times newspaper. He added that last Friday he accepted the Chinese proposal to supply one million doses of the Vaccine of Sinopharm and emphasized that for the Cambodian population the Vaccinetion will be free. The prime minister acknowledged that one million doses are not enough for the country and pointed out that in the future the Government plans VaccineThere are between 10 and 13 million citizens, which corresponds to 80 percent of the population. The Vaccine from...
    BEIJING — A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. The notice from the high court in Hebei province did not give specifics, but said all types of social gatherings were now being regulated to prevent further spread of the virus. Hebei has had one of China’s most serious outbreaks in months and it comes amid measures to curb the further spread during February’s Lunar New Year holiday. Authorities have called on citizens not to travel, ordered schools closed a week early and conducted testing on a massive scale. Hebei recorded another 54 cases over the previous 24 hours, the National Health Commission said on Monday, while the northern province of Jilin reported 30 cases and Heilongjiang further north reported seven. Beijing had two new cases and...
    Pupils at a school in China have been forced to don full-body protective suits to prevent the spread of Covid-19 amid a new outbreak. The students in Hebei Province, the country's new coronavirus epicentre, had to cover themselves from head to toe while being sent back home following a city-wide lockdown order, according to local media.  More than 1,000 people are now hospitalised in the latest outbreak in Hebei, which surrounds Beijing. The Chinese health authority reported the highest daily infection number in over 10 months on Friday. 
    One year ago today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19.  Since the organization sent that infamous tweet Jan. 14, 2020, millions across the world have died of the virus, including nearly 400,000 Americans. “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus,” the organization said. (RELATED: Why Aren’t We Talking More About China’s ‘Gain Of Function’ Coronavirus Research?) Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China????????. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020 A little more than a week later, the WHO sent out another tweet, this time saying that there was evidence of human to human transmission. (RELATED: FLASHBACK Jan. 14: WHO Tells Everyone Don’t Worry Because China Says Coronavirus Isn’t...
    The World Health Organization will be in charge of investigating the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus arrived in the central-eastern Chinese city of Wuhan | 01/13/2021 | ionicons-v5-c00: 00 | – . | The team of experts from the World Health Organization (who) in charge of investigating the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus arrived this Thursday in the central-eastern Chinese city of Wuhan. Images broadcast by the state chain CGTN today showed the team’s arrival at the city’s airport and its reception by personnel dressed in white protective suits. The team must follow the Asian country’s covid prevention protocol and quarantine for 14 days before beginning its investigations on the ground, several official media from the Asian country added today. The mission, « priority » for the who, is made up of scientists from various international organizations from the US, Japan, Russia, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Vietnam, Germany and...
    WUHAN, China (AP) — Chinese state media says WHO research team has arrived in Wuhan, China, to investigate origins of the coronavirus. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Boris Johnson launched a blistering attack on China, blaming its 'demented' traditional medical practices for the coronavirus pandemic. In a speech to world leaders yesterday he attacked people who 'grind up the scales of a pangolin' in a bid to become more 'potent'. He made the remarks, which risk a furious diplomatic row - in a speech to the One Planet Summit, hosted by France's President Macron. Pangolins are heavily-trafficked scaly anteater-like creatures, which have been blamed for transmitting the virus from bats to humans. The first documented cases of the Covid-19 were in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with a wet market trading in exotic animals being seen as the probable source. In comments that are likely to risk fury from Beijing, Mr Johnson said: 'Obviously it's right to focus on climate change, obviously it's right to cut CO2 emissions, but we won't achieve a real balance with our planet...
    (CNN)China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi concludes a five-day tour of Africa this weekend without making a single concrete vaccine commitment to a continent hoping a benevolent Beijing will help inoculate its population out of the global coronavirus pandemic.Last year, as Covid-19 tore across the globe and wealthy countries began to pre-order stockpiles of vaccines for their citizens, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that African vaccinations were a "priority" for Beijing. His commitment followed mass donations of masks, testing kits and medical equipment to the continent by Beijing and private individuals, such as billionaire entrepreneur Jack Ma.#2020Roundup In 2020, #China and #Africa stand together to combat the coronavirus epidemic. 7 Chinese medical teams were dispatched to 15 African countries to assist the fight. Unity is strength! pic.twitter.com/hF1y0dvpn7— 吴鹏 Wu Peng (@WuPeng_MFAChina) January 1, 2021 Now, with negative sentiment towards China hardening in Western democracies due to trade wars and human rights...
    Chinese researchers published a paper Thursday that concluded, based on analyzing blood samples for their antibody counts, that coronavirus infections in the city of Wuhan were at least three times as numerous as the official count of 50,340 cases. Reuters noted the study, conducted by the virology laboratory at Wuhan University and published in the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases journal, was in line with other Chinese research that very belatedly confirmed the numbers given to the rest of the world by the Chinese government were much lower than the true number of infections: The study suggested at least two thirds of the total number were asymptomatic, and thousands could have been infected after the “elimination” of clinical cases, raising the possibility the virus could exist in a community for a long period without causing hospitalizations. A separate study published by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late...
    China has denied entry to a team of World Health Organisation (WHO) experts who were due to arrive in the country to investigate the origins of the coronavirus.   The news comes amid growing suspicions of a cover-up in the country where Covid-19 is believed to have originated at the end of 2019, although its origins remain bitterly contested as China remains determined to control the narrative. The head of the World Health Organisation says he was 'disappointed' that Chinese officials have not finalised permissions for the arrival of the team of experts. A year after the outbreak started, WHO experts were due in China for a highly politicised visit to explore the origins of the coronavirus, in a trip trailed by accusations of cover-ups, conspiracy and fears of a whitewash. The WHO said China granted permission for a visit by its experts, with a 10-person team expected to arrive this week...
    New York Magazine stirred outrage after an article made the case that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese lab despite months of media claims that there was no evidence to suggest it did. “A (semi)-major news organization finally wrote it: the ro is more likely to have come from a lab than anywhere else,” said journalist Alex Berenson on Twitter. “This @nymag piece hits all the high points that Team Reality has pointed out for months.” A (semi)-major news organization finally wrote it: the ro is more likely to have come from a lab than anywhere else. This @nymag piece hits all the high points that Team Reality has pointed out for months...https://t.co/i0A4Q0sO1p— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) January 5, 2021 The article, “The Lab-Leak Hypothesis,” questioned the outright dismissal by many scientists and media outlets of the idea that the SARS-CoV-2 strain that causes COVID-19 may have originated in a Chinese lab....
    One of America's most senior government officials says the most 'credible' theory about the origin of coronavirus is that it escaped from a laboratory in China. Matthew Pottinger, who is President Donald Trump's respected Deputy National Security Adviser, told politicians from around the world that even China's leaders now openly admit their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false. Mr Pottinger said that the latest intelligence points to the virus leaking from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology, 11 miles from the market, saying: 'There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus.' Matthew Pottinger, who is President Donald Trump's respected Deputy National Security Adviser, says the most 'credible' theory about the origin of coronavirus is that it escaped from from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology in China He claimed the pathogen may...
    Government agents smuggled doses of an unapproved Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate into the Philippines and gave them to President Rodrigo Duterte’s military security detail as early as September, the Philippine defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said members of the Philippines’ Presidential Security Group (PSG) obtained early samples of the vaccine candidate in development by the Chinese company Sinopharm at least three months ago without government authorization. He said the president’s security guards received the inoculations in September and October without his knowledge. When asked by reporters Wednesday if the vaccines were “smuggled” into the Philippines, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana replied: “Yes smuggled, because they were not authorized, only the government can authorize.” “They need to explain because they violated FDA [Food and Drug Administration] rules,” Lorenzana said of the PSG. “It is justified … it will protect them so they will not be infected and at the same...
    A prominent Chinese coronavirus expert has ruled out the possibility of another COVID-19 outbreak hitting China, claiming it was because of the country's strong testing abilities. Dr Zhang Wenhong, who led the fight against the virus in Shanghai, said in a Monday conference that it was 'nearly impossible' for a large-scale spread of the coronavirus to emerge in China again during the upcoming Chinese New Year in February. His statements come as COVID-19 cases have been rising in the Chinese capital Beijing and northern China in recent days after the country appeared to have largely contained the contagion. A prominent Chinese coronavirus expert has ruled out the possibility of another COVID-19 outbreak hitting China, claiming it was because of the country's strong testing abilities. In this photo, residents in Beijing are seen wearing face masks as they walk along a street today Dr Zhang Wenhong (pictured), who led...
    By The Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey — A first batch of vaccines developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac has arrived in Turkey, after a two-week delay. A plane carrying 3 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine landed in the capital Ankara early on Wednesday. The first shipment was initially scheduled to arrive on Dec. 11 but Turkish officials said problems concerning permits, followed by a COVID-19 case in Beijing customs and high alert against infections there, caused the delay. Turkey has signed a deal for 50 million doses of the vaccine, which the country says has an efficacy rate of 91.25% based on early results of late-stage trials conducted in Turkey. The vaccine will now be examined by two public health agencies before the government gives its formal approval for inoculations, starting with health care workers. Turkey has also reached an agreement with Pfizer BioNTech, which is to provide 4.5...
    ANKARA, Turkey — A first batch of vaccines developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac has arrived in Turkey, after a two-week delay. A plane carrying 3 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine landed in the capital Ankara early on Wednesday. The first shipment was initially scheduled to arrive on Dec. 11 but Turkish officials said problems concerning permits, followed by a COVID-19 case in Beijing customs and high alert against infections there, caused the delay. Turkey has signed a deal for 50 million doses of the vaccine, which the country says has an efficacy rate of 91.25% based on early results of late-stage trials conducted in Turkey. The vaccine will now be examined by two public health agencies before the government gives its formal approval for inoculations, starting with health care workers. Turkey has also reached an agreement with Pfizer BioNTech, which is to provide 4.5 million doses of its...
    Nearly half a million Wuhan residents may have been infected with coronavirus - almost 10 times the city's official number of confirmed cases - a study by China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests. The research aimed to estimate the scale of previous infections by testing blood serum samples from a number of people in different cities for coronavirus antibodies. The number of people with antibodies among the sample group from Wuhan is higher than would be expected given the official number of confirmed cases in the city, which was the original epicentre of the pandemic. The study focused on 34,000 people in Wuhan as well as in other cities to estimate infection rates, CNN reported. Beijing and Shanghai were included in the study, as well as cities in the provinces of Hubei, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Sichuan and Lianoning. Among residents in Wuhan, home to some 11 million people,...
    (CNN)Nearly half a million residents in the Chinese city where the novel coronavirus first emerged may have been infected with Covid-19 -- almost 10 times its official number of confirmed cases, according to a study by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The study used a sample of 34,000 people in the general population in Wuhan -- the original epicenter of the pandemic -- and other cities in Hubei province, as well as Beijing, Shanghai, and the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu, Sichuan and Liaoning to estimate Covid-19 infection rates. The researchers found an antibody prevalence rate of 4.43% for Covid-19 among residents in Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 million people. As of Sunday, Wuhan had reported a total of 50,354 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission.The study aimed to estimate the scale of past infections in a population by testing blood serum samples...
    The world should look to China for its coronavirus vaccines and ignore the alternatives, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) warned Thursday, adding that to do otherwise is an explicit example of racism. Under the headline “Hard to beat COVID-19 without China’s vaccine,” an opinion piece carried in the state-run Global Times set out just why Beijing believes the world should be beating a path to the vaccines developed by its own SinoVac. It also admonished those in the Western media who focused “on hyping up questions about transparency” rather than just implictly trusting those the CCP has endorsed. After dismissing the “weaknesses” of U.S. developed alternatives, it stated: SinoVac’s inactivated COVID-19 vaccine is safe and can be stored at a standard refrigerator temperature. It is cheap, which is especially suitable for use in developing countries. But these advantages are often ignored in Western public opinion fields, or played down as merely background...
    Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Monday that American policy makers need to keep a watchful eye on China because “they are all about lying to the world” about their role in unleashing the coronavirus. “Let’s also not forget that they stopped domestic travel within China to curb the spread of the virus but they wouldn’t stop international travel,” Crenshaw told “Fox & Friends.” “They are all about lying to the world.” China attempted to cover up the initial outbreak of the coronavirus and sought assistance from the World Health Organization to do so. (RELATED: Coronavirus ‘Could Have Been Prevented’ If Not For China’s Coronavirus Cover-Up, House GOP Report Finds) “One of my favorite lies from the Chinese is that a bunch of U.S. Army soldiers were spreading the virus in a Wuhan wet market as if it’s our guys that like to go eat that soup in Wuhan,”...
    In the early hours of Feb. 7, China’s powerful internet censors experienced an unfamiliar and deeply unsettling sensation. They felt they were losing control. The news was spreading quickly that Li Wenliang, a doctor who had warned about a strange new viral outbreak only to be threatened by the police and accused of peddling rumors, had died of COVID-19. Grief and fury coursed through social media. To people at home and abroad, Li’s death showed the terrible cost of the Chinese government’s instinct to suppress inconvenient information. Yet China’s censors decided to double down. Warning of the “unprecedented challenge” Li’s passing had posed and the “butterfly effect” it may have set off, officials got to work suppressing the inconvenient news and reclaiming the narrative, according to confidential directives sent to local propaganda workers and news outlets. Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times They ordered news...
    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual press freedom report Tuesday, once again bestowing the dubious honor of world’s worst jailer of journalists upon Communist China. About half of China’s 47 known imprisoned journalists are Uyghurs, the oppressed Muslim minority herded into concentration camps by the Chinese government. CPJ reached the same conclusion about 2020 as many other human rights advocates: governments around the world used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to crack down on criticism and dissent. “A record number of journalists were imprisoned globally for their work in 2020 as authoritarian nations arrested many covering COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] or political instability. Amid the pandemic, governments delayed trials, restricted visitors, and disregarded the increased health risk in prison; at least two journalists died after contracting the disease in custody,” CPJ reported. The report listed 274 journalists currently imprisoned for reasons related to their profession in...
    The Chinese state newspaper Global Times declared Thursday that America was “among the top” nations that experienced a significant decline in human rights in 2020, claiming that the federal government had not done enough to contain the Chinese coronavirus. The Chinese Communist Party regularly accuses the United States of violating the human rights of its citizens, typically claiming that America is a racist nation, does not act sufficiently against poverty, or engages too frequently in foreign warmongering. Last week, the Global Times declared the United States a “living Hell” because of the pandemic. The Chinese coronavirus pandemic originated in Wuhan, China. The Communist Party actively suppressed information related to the discovery of the novel disease in the early days of the outbreak, including using police to intimidate and silence doctors sharing basic infectious disease protocol. “If there is a list of countries with severely deteriorating human rights situations this year, the...
    An international civil rights alliance called CIVICUS Monitor published a report this week that accused countries around the world, including the United States, of using the coronavirus pandemic as an “opportunity to introduce or implement additional restrictions on civic freedoms.” CIVICUS Monitor had a generally pessimistic view of global civil liberties even before the pandemic — according to the group’s metrics, things were getting worse almost everywhere. The coronavirus dramatically accelerated that downward trend. The depth of pessimism in their latest bulletin can be conveyed by noting that the only two countries where the level of civic freedom was “upgraded” were Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The United States was among the 11 nations “downgraded” in the latest report. According to CIVICUS Monitor’s analysis, 87 percent of the world’s population now lives in nations with strongly negative civic freedom ratings, a four percent increase from 2019,...
    A car with a poster of Zhang Zhan, a Chinese citizen journalist, in November 2020. She criticized the Chinese government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and is being held in a Shanghai prison. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images A Chinese citizen journalist who was arrested after covering the country's coronavirus response could be imprisoned for as long as five years. Zhang Zhan, 37, was arrested in May, after sharing videos and social media posts about life in Wuhan during the outbreak. The Committee to Protect Journalists said authorities arrested her for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble," and that she could face a harsh sentence. Three other citizen journalists have disappeared after covering the coronavirus in Wuhan, where the pandemic began. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An independent journalist working in China was arrested after covering the country's coronavirus response in May,...
    You've heard a lot recently about "voter fraud" and "election fraud." But now comes more profound news, of a global fraud that began long before Election Day and has ruined millions of lives, killed hundreds of thousands, and deeply affected the outcome of our presidential election. We speak, of course, of the coronavirus pandemic. Simply put, we've been lied to The latest evidence comes from samples collected during Red Cross blood drives last year and analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a study published on Monday. Researchers tested 39 blood samples from California, Washington and Oregon that were collected between Dec. 13 and Dec. 16, 2019. At the time, no one in the United States had heard of COVID-19. The Chinese government didn't even acknowledge its existence until Dec. 31. And yet, every one of those samples came back positive for coronavirus antibodies. Keep in mind that antibodies don't develop for at least a week...
    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he will not take a coronavirus vaccine should one become available. During a press briefing broadcast live over multiple social media platforms, Bolsonaro said that he has already decided to refuse a future coronavirus vaccine. “I’m telling you, I’m not going to take it. It’s my right,” he said. The right-wing leader has repeatedly stated that Brazilians will not be required to be vaccinated once a Chinese coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available. Bolsonaro reiterated this at Thursday’s briefing, saying that Brazil’s Congress was unlikely to require Brazilians to take a future coronavirus vaccine. “The [Brazilian] president also expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the use of masks during the live broadcast, implying that there was little conclusive evidence of its success in curbing the transmission of the virus,” according to South American news site Infobae. – Live de toda quinta-feira sobre assuntos da...
    Chinese researchers have claimed that coronavirus originated in India, in the latest attempt by academics to pin blame for the pandemic outside their borders. A team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences argues the virus likely originated in India in summer 2019 - jumping from animals to humans via contaminated water - before travelling unnoticed to Wuhan, where it was first detected. But David Robertson, and expert from Glasgow University, called the paper 'very flawed' and concluded 'it adds nothing to our understanding of coronavirus'. It is not the first time that Chinese authorities have pointed the finger of blame elsewhere - suggesting, largely without evidence, that both Italy and the US could be the site of the original infection. And it comes against a backdrop of increased political tensions between India and China, with troops attacking each-other along a disputed border.  Chinese scientists examining the genetic code of...
    The Conversation China beat the coronavirus with science and strong public health measures, not just with authoritarianism I live in a democracy. But as Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself longing for the type of freedom I am seeing in China. People in China are able to move around freely right now. Many Americans may believe that the Chinese are able to enjoy this freedom because of China’s authoritarian regime. As a scholar of public health in China, I think the answers go beyond that.My research suggests that the control of the virus in China is not the result of authoritarian policy, but of a national prioritization of health. China learned a tough lesson with SARS, the first coronavirus pandemic of the 21st century. How China flattened its curveBarely less than a year ago, a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, with 80,000 cases identified within three months, killing 3,000 people....
    Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a global Covid-19 tracking system using QR codes, to help fast-track international travel and business during the coronavirus pandemic.China mandated the widespread use of QR-based health certificates earlier this year. The system, which uses an electronic barcode to store a person's travel and health history, has been credited with helping to curb the spread of the virus.The code issues users with a color code based on their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. The colors are like traffic lights -- green is safest, then amber and finally red.Speaking at the virtual G20 leaders' meeting on Saturday, Xi said that to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the world economy during the pandemic, countries needed to coordinate a uniform set of policies and standards, according to state-run news agency Xinhua."China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based...
    Doctors have attributed a Croatian man’s death to the Chinese coronavirus even though he died after falling off a ladder, according to the Journal of Forensic Pathology. The 51-year-old man died in what appeared to be a workplace incident, falling off a 10-foot ladder while working on a home this year. The man suffered minor external injuries, as well as a subarachnoid hemorrhage, described as “bleeding within the subarachnoid space, which is the area between the brain and the tissues that cover the brain” — an often fatal condition. However, the autopsy also discovered “visceral congestion,” particularly in his lungs.” Per the New York Post: During the autopsy, doctors found that large swaths of the man’s lungs were blocked. The finding then led scientists to conclude that he suffered from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) — a life-threatening condition that can be caused by COVID-19. According to the journal, the man had been complaining...
    China has used Western struggles with the coronavirus pandemic to help avoid domestic political backlash against Beijing, according to the security official tasked with maintaining regime stability. “During the pandemic, we seized important achievements in a short time and have posed a great contrast between ‘China’s orderliness’ and ‘the West’s chaos,’” Politburo member Guo Shengkun wrote in a new book of articles published by the Chinese Communist Party. That statement calls attention to how Beijing regards the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to gain credibility at home at the expense of the democratic nations, an effort that stands to benefit from the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe and the United States. Guo’s reflection illuminates one aspect of a broader messaging strategy that seeks to argue that Chinese Communist rule is more efficient than Western systems of government. “With its magical power, the ‘Five-Year Plan’ has ushered...
    A New Jersey chiropractor is facing heat over a sign in his office that refers to COVID-19 as “the Chinese Virus.” Annesia Paraison said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that she brought her daughter to the Jersey City office of Dr. Kevin Julian before walking out over the sign. “This sign does not mention Coronavirus or Covid 19, but instead calls it the Chinese Virus,” Paraison wrote. “THIS IS BLATANT RACISM. My daughter did not have to think about it, she was ready to leave and of course I supported this.” The post sparked outrage on Paraison’s Facebook page. “Time to revoke his license,” wrote Facebook user Sheila Porada. Charisse Allen said, ““Uneffnbelievable!!!!!!!!” Another woman, Renee Braithwaite, simply replied: “Wow.” Julian declined to comment on Thursday when reached by NBC News. Filed under Coronavirus ,  doctors ,  jersey city ,  new jersey ,  11/12/20
    The coronavirus, the trade war and the riots in Hong Kong are some of the causes. ..- From trade to the situation in Hong Kong to the coronavirus, the reasons for the confrontation between China and the United States abound since the coming to power of Donald Trump. Since 1979, when both powers resumed diplomatic relations, there were not so many grounds for contention. Coronavirus Trump accuses Beijing of having tried to hide the origin of the new coronavirus that appeared in Wuhan in December 2019 and of being responsible for the pandemic, which has so far left some 360,000 dead in the world. The Chinese regime, which managed to contain the virus, assures that the US president is looking for a scapegoat for the more than 100,000 dead from the disease in the United States. Washington hints that the virus may have escaped from...
    Having the Chinese coronavirus or being in quarantine after exposure to the disease does not strip Americans of their right to vote, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared this week. The CDC has released a list of tips for voters to protect themselves and reduce the Chinese virus’ spread at the polls. “Voters have the right to vote, regardless of whether they are sick or in quarantine,” the nation’s leading health agency declared in a webpage last updated on November 1, adding: Voters who are sick or in quarantine should take steps to protect poll workers and other voters. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting. You should also let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine when you arrive at the polling location. Check...
    Beijing’s top medical advisor has claimed that China is 'very unlikely' to have a second wave of coronavirus outbreak, although the pandemic will continue ravaging the rest of the world. Dr Zhong Nanshan, who was appointed to lead the country's fight against COVID-19, said today that a second wave had already struck many countries worldwide as the global health crisis worsened during the approaching winter. But the Chinese expert insisted that a new round of COVID-19 outbreak ‘is very unlikely’ in his country which has ‘a complete set of defence and control mechanisms’ against the virus. Beijing’s top medical advisor has claimed that China is 'very unlikely' to have a second wave of coronavirus outbreak, although the pandemic will continue ravaging the rest of the world. In this file photo, commuters are pictured crossing a road in Beijing on October 22 Dr Zhong Nanshan (pictured in file photo...
    Fewer than four percent of people in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus pandemic began last year, have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19, a new study suggests.  The first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the virus quickly spread to thousands in Wuhan, overwhelming its health care system and forcing weeks of draconian lockdowns.  It seemed the virus was everywhere - especially after solid evidence emerged that many cases of COVID-19 are asymptomatic.  But the new study, published Friday in JAMA Network Open, suggests that the vast majority of people who were never diagnosed with coronavirus never had it.  Or, if they did, the immune proteins that scientists think likely offer protection against reinfection have waned beyond the point of being detectable since the virus first laid waste to the Chinese city last winter.  As a controversial coronavirus response strategy that relies on herd immunity gains traction in the...
    Yiwu, China (CNN)When Anny Ku heard that there were coronavirus vaccines on offer in Yiwu, a city in China's eastern Zhejiang province, she traveled more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) for a chance to get the shot.Ku worked in Chile for more than 20 years as an importer and exporter, but she returned to her home in southern China earlier this year after the coronavirus pandemic worsened and a large number of cases appeared in South America. There had been no official announcement that a vaccine was available in Yiwu -- just a series of articles in local media -- but Ku believed she needed the shot in order to leave China and get back to her job overseas. "If one has (the vaccine), it's much safer to leave the country," she said.Yiwu is one of a small number of cities which in recent weeks week have begun reportedly offering...
    Freedom House published the 2020 edition of its annual “Freedom on the Net” report on Wednesday. The report grimly concluded that Internet freedom around the world has diminished in the “digital shadow” of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, accelerating the steady erosion of online freedom Freedom House has chronicled over the past ten years. The rise of “cyber sovereignty,” the notion that authoritarian governments like China should have their own versions of the Internet controlled and policed as they see fit, is a matter of special concern. The Freedom House report uses an expansive definition of Internet freedom that leads to some paradoxical judgments. For example, China is the world’s leading practitioner of cyber sovereignty, having created an authoritarian Internet backwater with its “Great Firewall” and unabashedly insisting that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has an absolute right to control access to information for its citizens.  On the other hand, Freedom...
    Up to one-third of people believe the coronavirus was engineered in a laboratory in Wuhan, China - where the pandemic originated, a new study suggests.  Researchers found that around 23 percent of people in the UK and the US believe the unproven conspiracy theory and labeled it as 'reliable' information. In Ireland, the number jumped to 26 percent, while 33 percent in Mexico said they believe the theory as did 37 percent in Spain.  Several scientists around the world, including Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, say there is no evidence to suggest the virus was manufactured in or accidentally escaped from a lab - a theory that President Donald Trump himself has spread.  That notion is widely disregarded as misinformation.   The team, from the University of Cambridge in the UK, says its findings indicate that being more inclined to believe misinformation was linked to a lower...
    (CNN)The global push to develop a coronavirus vaccine is gathering pace, but much to the likely frustration of US President Donald Trump, caution exercised by American drug makers and regulators has put China out in front ... for now.Moderna, a leading coronavirus vaccine maker, said this month it will not be ready to apply for emergency use authorization until at least November 25. Meanwhile, the US-based trial sites of another frontrunner, AstraZeneca, have placed testing on hold after a participant in Britain developed a serious illness last month, further undermining Trump's hopes that a vaccine would be ready in time for Election Day on November 3.The stringent US safety protocols have shifted the so-called vaccine race in China's favor, where -- for better or worse -- political will holds a much larger sway over state, commercial and individual actions, potentially bending rules or norms as needed.China's leader Xi Jinping has...
    CLAIM: Vice President Mike Pence said, “China is to blame for the coronavirus.” VERDICT: TRUE.  The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and the country was not forthcoming about the severity of the outbreak. Moreover, leaked documents show that the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) was aware that China was withholding key information, yet the organization publicly praised the communist country for its purported transparency. “China is to blame for the coronavirus,” the vice president said during Wednesday evening’s debate. “And President Trump is not happy about it. He’s made that very clear. Made it clear again today.” “China and the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) did not play straight with the American people. They did not let our personnel into China to get information on the coronavirus until the middle of February,” he continued, adding that Trump had “fortunately” already exercised standing up to China “in the wake of Joe Biden’s cheerleading...
    Forty percent of Democrats are “happy” that President Trump contracted the Chinese coronavirus, according to a Morning Consult/Politico survey released on Friday — less than 24 hours from the official confirmation of his positive test results. According to the survey, conducted among 905 registered voters Friday afternoon, two out of five Americans “said the word ‘surprised’ described them ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ well, while a similar share said the same of the word ‘worried.’” However, the reactions differed significantly across party lines. While a majority, 55 percent, of Republicans described their emotions regarding the news as “sad,” only 24 percent of Democrats said the same. Moreover, 40 percent of Democrats described their emotions as “happy,” but only 14 percent of Republicans said the same. Forty-one percent of Democrats also described themselves as “indifferent.” Additionally, 55 percent indicated that they do not trust the president to provide accurate updates on his health, although...
    Chinese President Xi Jinping wished President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump “a speedy recovery” after a Chinese propaganda chief said Trump “paid the price” for downplaying COVID-19. Trump announced that he and the first lady tested positive for coronavirus early on Oct. 2. Hop Hicks, a top adviser to Trump, tested positive on Wednesday after she traveling with the president, ABC News reported. (RELATED: Trump Boards Marine One, Heads To  Walter Reed Hospital ‘Out Of An Abundance Of Caution’) “In a message to Trump, Xi said that learning President Trump and Melania have tested positive for COVID-19, he and his wife, Peng Liyuan, extend sympathy to them and wish them a speedy recovery,” China Xinhua News, a state-controlled publication, tweeted. In a message to Trump, Xi said that learning President Trump and Melania have tested positive for COVID-19, he and his wife, Peng Liyuan, extend sympathy to them and...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  The editor-in-chief of a Chinese state-run media outlet said in a tweet Friday that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump “paid the price” for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic after both tested positive. “President Donald Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19. The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation,” Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, said in a Twitter post on Friday. The president announced on Twitter that he and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday. Hope Hicks, a close advisor to the president, tested positive for the virus on Wednesday after she traveled with him on Tuesday, according to ABC News. “It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection,” Hu continued, according to his...
    The global fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which includes 34.4 million people infected and over 1.2 million lives lost, economic devastation and countless lives turned upside down, took a dramatic twist with the announcement President Trump was ill with what he has referred to as the "China Virus." Despite criticism from Trump and a handful of international leaders, Beijing has passed mostly unscathed by the world community even though it was slow to reveal to the world the true scale of the threat posed by the virus. The president and first lady Melania Trump's infections could change that, according to experts. "The POTUS/FLOTUS diagnosis is unprecedented. Its impact will be immense – and is difficult to predict," Emily de La Bruyere, a senior fellow focused on China policy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Fox News. "What it should do is make that much more clear the degree to which China's improper...
    The editor of China’s state-run Global Times said on Friday that President Donald Trump has “paid the price for his gamble to play down [Chinese coronavirus]” following the positive diagnosis of he and first lady Melania Trump and speculated that his diagnosis might “negatively affect his re-election.” Hu deleted the post shortly after publishing it and receiving widespread criticism. Shortly after his tweet, the Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, weighed in with a much more sympathetic message about the news. Saddened to learn #President and the #FirstLady of the #US tested positive. Hope they both have a speedy recovery and will be fine. — Hua Chunying 华春莹 (@SpokespersonCHN) October 2, 2020 The Global Times itself speculated in an editorial on Friday that testing positive might actually help Trump politically, an idea Chinese propagandists might have picked up by monitoring left-wing social media in the United States. The message...
    The editor-in-chief of a Chinese state-run media outlet said in a tweet Friday that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump “paid the price” for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic after both tested positive. “President Donald Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19. The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation,” Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, said in a Twitter post on Friday. (RELATED: Trump, Melania To Begin ‘Quarantine Process’ After Hope Hicks Tests Positive For COVID-19) The president announced on Twitter that he and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday. Hope Hicks, a close advisor to the president, tested positive for the virus on Wednesday after she traveled with him on Tuesday, according to ABC News. “It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may...
    The editor of an influential Chinese state-run newspaper has mocked Donald Trump after the US President and first lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus.  Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a major Chinese tabloid and mouthpiece of the Communist Party, said that President Trump and his wife 'have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19'. He claimed that the diagnosis revealed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in the US and would sabotage Trump's upcoming re-election.  Hu Xijin (pictured in file photo taken on June 5, 2019), the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a major Chinese tabloid and mouthpiece of the Communist Party, said that President Trump and his wife 'paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19' China has taunted Donald Trump after the US President and first lady Melania Trump had both tested positive...
    The editor of a Chinese state-run media outlet on Friday mocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE following their positive coronavirus tests, writing that they “paid the price for (Trump's) gamble to play down the COVID-19.”  Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin tweeted that news of the first couple contracting the virus shows the “severity” of the pandemic in the United States. "It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the...
    By The Associated Press BEIJING — Tens of millions of Chinese are traveling during the combined National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holidays, amid continued masking and other safety requirements aimed at preventing new virus outbreaks in a country that has seen no cases of local transmission in more than a month. Fewer trips are expected, however, out of concern restrictions could be reimposed if new outbreaks occurred. In Beijing, students and teachers are advised not to leave the city to ensure classes resume smoothly after the break. Partly to compensate, movie theaters and tourist attractions in the capital are being allowed to operate at 75% capacity. China has the world’s second-largest box office and movie-going is a major holiday activity. Chinese usually travel abroad during the October holidays, but this year about 40% of the population is expected to make trips within the country. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO...
    Breast milk may help protect babies from being infected by the novel coronavirus, a new study suggests. Researchers at a lab in China found that mother's milk prevented the pathogen from infecting and replicating in cells, even if the child does not have antibodies. What's more, it was shown to be even more effective than the milk of other animals such as goats and cows. The team, from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, says the findings support the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 be encouraged to continue breastfeeding.  In a new study from Beijing University of Chemical Technology, researchers mixed healthy cells into human breast milk and then exposed them to the coronavirus (file image) For the study, published on pre-peer review site bioRxiv.org, the team exposed human lung and gut cells to SARS-CoV-2. Next, they analyzed what effect breast...
            by Matt Lamb  The University of Cincinnati placed an engineering professor on administrative leave and launched an investigation into him after he referred to coronavirus as the Chinese virus. The public university told Professor John Ucker that he is on administrative leave with pay as of September 18 after a student, Evan Sotzing, posted a screenshot of an email from Ucker. The University of Cincinnati health department ordered Sotzing to quarantine after his girlfriend tested positive for coronavirus, the student said on Twitter. “For students testing positive for the chinese virus [sic], I will give no grade,” Ucker wrote to Sotzing. Sotzing tweeted the email on September 17 but an exact date is not visible on the email. Sotzing claimed that he received a zero on his lab, but later admitted to the Cincinnati Enquirer that he didn’t know if Ucker’s message meant he would receive a grade...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus, they revealed Friday. According to a statement, a member of the governor’s residence staff “who works closely within the couple’s living quarters” fell ill and tested positive for the virus. On Thursday, both the governor and first lady received a PCR nasal swab test, both of which came back positive. While the governor is currently asymptomatic, his wife is “currently experiencing mild symptoms,” according to the press release. “Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor and First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms,” the release states. “The Governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion.” Northam released a statement, reminding Virginians the Wuhan virus is “very real and very contagious.” “The...
              Live from Virginia Thursday morning on The John Fredericks Show –  weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan to the show. During the show, Yan explained her interpretation of how the COVID virus spread and the coordination between the Chinese Communist Party, WHO, and scientific minds to harm a worldwide economic collapse and human death. Fredericks: Joining us now is Dr. Li-Meng Yan. She’s the first whistleblower doctor of the corrupt CCP saying that COVID-19 is a CCP bioweapon. You saw her a few nights ago on Tucker Carlson. She’s also been interviewed in some of the biggest networks in America and...
    A University of Cincinnati professor, John Ucker, was placed on administrative leave last week after referring to coronavirus as the "Chinese virus " in an email to a student. A student in Ucker's class posted a screenshot of the email on Twitter, and said that Ucker gave him a zero after the school's health department told him not to attend a lab because his girlfriend tested positive for the new coronavirus. US CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL TOPS 200K AS OFFICIALS QUARREL OVER VACCINE TIMELINE "For students testing positive for the Chinese (sic) virus, I will give no grade," Ucker told the student, according to the screenshot. The tweet received more than 37,000 retweets and 166,000 likes. The student did not respond to a message on Twitter Tuesday. A day later, the University said the professor was placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an investigation. It said the student would not receive a zero. “We...
    A leaked Congressional report allegedly found that China covered up the severity of the coronavirus outbreak there and, with the help of a 'complicit' World Health Organization (WHO), allowed COVID-19 to become a pandemic.  The report, leaked to the New York Post and set to be released later on Monday, says that China went so far as to destroy evidence in order to downplay coronavirus, while clamping down on exports to US companies for companies, including 3M, which manufactures masks and personal protective equipment.  WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continued to praise China for its 'transparency,' even as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) suddenly added thousands of previously concealed cases and suspicions arose around the globe.  'The WHO has been complicit in the spread and normalization of CCP propaganda and disinformation,' the House Foreign Affairs Committee auditors wrote.   'Director-General Tedros should accept responsibility for his detrimental impact on the COVID-19...
    An international team of scientists will investigate the possibility the coronavirus leaked from a lab as they commit to finding out where the pandemic came from.   Researchers will delve into all theories of the virus's origins amid unproven claims it escaped from a laboratory in China. US state officials have given momentum to the idea that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, either leaked from a lab or was man-made by China as some kind of weapon against humanity. They claim to have damning secret evidence that go against furious rejections from Beijing. Scientists claim it is far more likely Covid-19 is a 'zoonotic disease', which means it is caused by the virus jumping from an animal to a human. A Wuhan wet market was first thought to be the breeding ground of the virus, where the selling of live, wild animals would have given the perfect opportunity for it...
    A Chinese virologist who alleges the coronavirus was cooked up in a military lab has published a report which she claims backs up her theory. Li-Meng Yan, who alleges to be a former researcher at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, says the virus was built by merging the genetic material of two bat coronaviruses. She claims its spike protein – a structure on the surface of the virus which it uses to bind with cells – was edited to make it easier for the virus to latch on to human cells.  But scientists have slammed her report — which she promised she would release in an interview last week — as 'unsubstantiated' and said it 'cannot be given any credibility'. Research papers have already determined the origin of the virus as bats, leading to top experts dismissing suggestions the virus was created by humans as having 'zero evidence'....
    Scientists believe coronavirus can travel through plumbing - after three families living in a high rise building in China tested positive for the virus despite never coming into contact with each other and living 12 floors apart. Four members of a family-of-five living on the 15th floor of the apartment in Guangzhou, China, had recently returned home from Wuhan - the centre of the outbreak - when two middle aged couples on the 25th and 27th floors started feeling unwell. Footage showed the groups never shared an elevator during the time they were infected, and scientists found no traces of coronavirus on the elevator's buttons. Positive virus samples were found in the family-of-five's apartment - especially in the master bedroom.   Four members of a family-of-five living on the 15th floor of the apartment in Guangzhou, China, had recently returned home from Wuhan (pictured) - the centre of the outbreak -...
    BEIJING — Chinese students on Tuesday began a full return to regular classes following two weeks without new cases of local transmission in the country. About 75% of students had already returned to school and the remainder will return beginning from Tuesday. Reports said students had their temperatures checked on arrival but rules on social distancing and mask wearing varied depending on the region. Çhina’s National Health Commission reported 10 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, all of them brought from outside the country. China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 among 85,058 cases since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK — At U.S. military academies, COVID-19 is the enemy to be defeated — Pandemic brings hard times for farmers, worsening hunger — Hong Kong begins mass...
    When the novel coronavirus was first discovered in China last winter, the country responded aggressively, placing tens of millions of people into strict lockdown. As Covid-19 spread from Wuhan to the rest of the world, the Chinese government was just as forceful in controlling how the health crisis was portrayed and discussed among its own people. Politically sensitive material, like references to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, have long been forbidden on China’s highly censored internet, but researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab say these efforts reached a new level during the pandemic. “The blunt range of censored content goes beyond what we expected, including general health information such as the fact [that] the virus spreads from human contact,” says Masashi Crete-Nishihata, the associate director of Citizen Lab, a research group that focuses on technology and human rights. Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that...
    (CNN)Inside the white, sterile walls of a new building on the southern outskirts of Beijing, two employees donning masks and rubber gloves are busy pipetting a clear, colorless liquid into rows of small vials. In some areas, the interior fit-out is still underway. Outside, construction vehicles are digging up dirt.The 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meter) production plant was built in recent months specifically for producing a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech.CoronaVac, the vaccine candidate from Sinovac, is part of China's push to be at the forefront of rolling out immunizations against the deadly novel coronavirus -- and to demonstrate its scientific prowess. CoronaVac, a Covid-19 vaccine candidate produced by Sinovac Biotech, is one of the six vaccines worldwide that have entered Phase 3 clinical trials.Scientists globally are racing to find a way to stop to the virus that has infected more than 23 million people...
    BEIJING – The moment the metal singer Shui Shu spread his arms, Buddhist prayer beads in hand and incense wafting from the stage, his band unleashed a wall of sound on the crowd. The rapt audience of about 200, many wearing masks, swayed gingerly. By the end of his set, most masks were off. By the time the night’s third band took the stage, the hall was a mosh pit, arms flailing and legs kicking with energy built up during six months of coronavirus shutdowns that kept the lights off in Beijing’s underground music venues. Brazilian metal fan Daniel da Silva Anana, who had packed in among the moshing fans, said he was more worried about slipping on a floor wet with spilled drinks than the coronavirus. “Finally, the no- metal-concerts spell is broken!” Live venues in Beijing were recently allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, as life...
    BEIJING – The moment the metal singer Shui Shu spread his arms, Buddhist prayer beads in hand and incense wafting from the stage, his band unleashed a wall of sound on the crowd. The rapt audience of about 200, many wearing masks, swayed gingerly. By the end of his set, most masks were off. By the time the night’s third band took the stage, the hall was a mosh pit, arms flailing and legs kicking with energy built up during six months of coronavirus shutdowns that kept the lights off in Beijing’s underground music venues. Brazilian metal fan Daniel da Silva Anana, who had packed in among the moshing fans, said he was more worried about slipping on a floor wet with spilled drinks than the coronavirus. “Finally, the no-metal-concerts spell is broken!” Live venues in Beijing were recently allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, as life in China...
    A Syracuse University professor was reportedly placed on administrative leave for referring to the novel coronavirus as the “Wuhan flu” on his course syllabus. The unidentified professor also called the virus the “Chinese Communist Party Virus,” Syracuse.com reported, citing a photo of the syllabus posted by social media account The Tab Syracuse. “Syracuse University unequivocally condemns racism and xenophobia and rejects bigotry, hate and intolerance of any kind,” the university said in a Tuesday statement announcing the move. “The derogatory language used by a professor on his course syllabus is damaging to the learning environment for our students and offensive to Chinese, international and Asian-Americans everywhere who have experienced hate speech, rhetoric and actions since the pandemic began,” the school added. The professor will be on leave pending an investigation by the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services, the school said. COVID-19, which has infected over 23...
    A Syracuse University professor was reportedly placed on administrative leave for referring to the novel coronavirus as the “Wuhan flu” on his course syllabus. The unidentified professor also called the virus the “Chinese Communist Party Virus,” Syracuse.com reported, citing a photo of the syllabus posted by social media account The Tab Syracuse. “Syracuse University unequivocally condemns racism and xenophobia and rejects bigotry, hate and intolerance of any kind,” the university said in a Tuesday statement announcing the move. “The derogatory language used by a professor on his course syllabus is damaging to the learning environment for our students and offensive to Chinese, international and Asian-Americans everywhere who have experienced hate speech, rhetoric and actions since the pandemic began,” the school added. The professor will be on leave pending an investigation by the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services, the school said. COVID-19, which has infected over 23 million...
    Joe Biden (D) has yet to be tested for the Chinese coronavirus, even after briefly appearing alongside his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at last week’s Democratic National Convention, according to his deputy campaign manager. Speaking to ABC News on Sunday, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said the former vice president has not contracted the virus, although she added that he has not been tested for it either. “He has not had the virus. We have put in place really strict protocols, as I think all of your journalists who attended our convention in Delaware this week saw,” Bedingfield told the outlet. “We’ve put in place incredibly strict protocols to ensure that everybody involved who is around Vice President Biden, who is around Senator Harris, is undergoing the appropriate testing,” she continued, affirming that he has not been tested. “He has not been tested, however, we have put the strictest...
    (CNN)US intelligence has gathered information showing that officials in Wuhan, China, kept senior officials in Beijing in the dark for weeks about the virus that resulted in the Covid-19 pandemic, according to US officials familiar with the intelligence. The reports also say that when the Chinese Communist Party learned about the virus, it sought to obscure the full extent of that knowledge from the rest of the world -- painting an overall picture of a dangerously secretive political system, the US officials said. The Trump administration has repeatedly made that accusation and US officials say the Chinese conduct fits a pattern that was also seen during the outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, in 2003.While the US continues to collect information about the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, the intelligence contains indisputable evidence of the local cover-up attempt, the officials say. The New York Times was first to...
    CLAIM: “America has the most COVID deaths in the world,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention. VERDICT: Misleading. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), during the virtual Democrat National Convention Wednesday, alleged that the United States has more coronavirus fatalities than the rest of the world. Other Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have been pushing similar misleading claims as the coronavirus situation improves in America. In sheer numbers, the United States leads the world in confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) deaths, with over 173,000 as of Wednesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University. However, the U.S. has the third-largest population in the world after China and India, respectively. Per capita, there were at least nine other countries with a higher death toll per 100,000 residents than the United States as of Wednesday evening, including developed nations such as the United Kingdom,...
    Top negotiators from China and the United States at trade talks in Beijing on March 29, 2019.Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. and China have agreed to go back to the negotiating table in the coming days to review the progress of their "phase one" trade deal, according to the Chinese commerce ministry. Both sides will hold the "discussion over the phone," the ministry said. It comes after talks scheduled for last Saturday were postponed due to a scheduling conflict, according to Reuters.  The "phase one" trade deal, signed in January, paused a damaging trade war between the world's two largest economies that involved retaliatory tariffs being slapped on billions of dollars worth of goods. Among other things, the agreement committed China to buy at least $200 billion more in U.S. goods and services over two years on top of its purchases in 2017. But Beijing has fallen...
    American officials familiar with a new internal report conducted by U.S. intelligence agencies said the findings affirm previous claims that local officials in Wuhan and Hubei Province hid coronavirus information from Beijing at the beginning of the pandemic, The New York Times reports. The U.S. report certainly doesn’t exculpate the centr al government from wrongdoing, which occurred at all levels of the Chinese Communist Party, but it does make for a more nuanced reading of the pandemic’s origins and complicates the Trump administration’s narrative pinning the spread of the virus directly on Beijing’s malfeasance. Michael Pillsbury, a China Scholar at the Hudson Institute who informally advises Trump, said “it makes a huge difference” if Wuhan officials were actually shielding the central government from key information. If Chinese President Xi Jinping wasn’t primarily responsible for any cover-ups, Pillsbury told the Times, then his subordinates likely had not engaged in “total deceit”...
    European futures are trading flat and with a mixed sign this Monday, when the third week of August starts. International chronicles highlight that the tensions between China and the United States continue to weigh on the markets. It should be remembered that US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday that obliges the Chinese company ByteDance to sell or divest its TikTok business in 90 days. In his order, Trump cited “credible evidence” that ByteDance “could take action that threatens to harm the national security of the United States.” Meanwhile, . reported over the weekend that the revision of the US-China trade agreement, initially set for Saturday, it was delayed without a new date being agreed, citing sources familiar with the plans. Sources told . the delay was due to to scheduling conflicts, as well as for allow time for more Chinese purchases of US exports. However, the...
    WHISTLEBLOWER Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan, who fled to the US, says she fears the coronavirus was created on purpose. After abandoning her husband in Hong Kong to reveal the "truth" about China's cover-up, Dr Yan also alleges that Covid-19 is linked to "reckless" experiments on bat coronaviruses conducted in military labs, says a report. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 12Virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan claims she is hiding in an undisclosed location after fleeing from Hong Kong to AmericaCredit: Fox News 12The virologist claims lives could have been saved if the Chinese government hadn't censored her workCredit: AFP or licensors Her allegations come after she claimed in July that many lives could have been saved if the Chinese government hadn’t censored her work. Li-Meng Yan, formerly a scientist at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, says she fled to the US to expose...
    When Li-Meng Yan was asked to pop into her boss’s office on the final day of last year, she had no idea such a routine summons might be the start of events that would lead to her fleeing her family, her work and her country in fear for her life. The Chinese-born virologist was based at a prestigious Hong Kong university, one of the world’s leading centres for researching infectious diseases and a key part of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global epidemiology network. Her professor asked her to find out what she could about a mysterious cluster of virus cases that had erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan – and through her medical and scientific contacts she claims to have stumbled upon a cover-up of epic proportions. Yet her evidence about human transmission was ignored, her claim that Beijing was deliberately distorting details of the origins buried, her...
    (CNN)For a country ravaged by the coronavirus, Brazil might welcome a race to create the first vaccine on its own soil -- with the potential for early dibs.But in the age of Covid-19 and under the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, nothing is that simple.As three joint-ventures begin testing a new vaccine in Brazil -- and others wait in the wings -- the provenance of the research has become a hugely divisive issue, complicated by xenophobia and conspiracy theories shared by anti-vaxxers and prominent politicians, including Bolsonaro allies. The two big research players are the Swiss pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, working on a vaccine developed by the UK's Oxford University, and Chinese biotech company Sinovac, working in collaboration with Brazil's Butantan Institute. Both have begun the final Phase 3 testing of the virus. A third venture involving US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech is also conducting research in Brazil. Coronavirus...
    It was Oct. 3, 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act that abolished the so-called National Origins Formula, giving to Asian Americans, among other minorities, the right to become U.S. citizens after years of tension and discrimination, particularly in the wake of World War II. The law, supported by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, was a milestone in American history. But now another moment could risk complicating years of progress for Asian Americans: The coronavirus pandemic. People in countries including South Korea, Malaysia, the U.K. and Canada are reporting the spread of anti-Chinese racism, attacks on the country’s cultural mores and businesses with signs saying, “No Chinese.” The U.S., it seems, is not immune. Almost 40% of people said it has become more common for people to express racist views toward Asians since the pandemic began, according to a Pew Research Center survey...
              Live from Virginia Tuesday morning on The John Fredericks Show with John Fredericks –  live weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Live Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream –  host Fredericks welcomed War Room Pandemic host Steven K. Bannon to the show to discuss the bombshell information in the latest read by Professor Guiseppe Tritto of Italy regarding the origins of the coronavirus. Fredericks: Joining us now is Steven K. Bannon. Great to have you with us man. Bannon: Thanks for having me on John. Great news about The Virginia Star. Can’t wait till it comes out. Fredericks: I’m kind of excited about it. A lot of people ask me why are you...
    A new Pew Research Center survey found over three-quarters of American adults blame the Chinese government for the global spread of the coronavirus and over 60 percent of respondents said the country has done a poor job handling the aftermath of the outbreak. The survey, which polled 1,003 individuals and was conducted from June 16 to July 14, showed 73 percent of U.S. adults have an unfavorable view of the country, which marks the most negative rating in the 15 years that Pew Research Center has been conducting polling on the subject, according to a press release. Negative views toward China have also increased by 7 percentage points over the last four months alone and have gone up 26 points since 2018. The survey claimed 83 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of China compared to 68 percent of Democrats. Republicans are also more likely to publicly say they have a very unfavorable view towards China...
    CNN host John Berman scolded White House trade adviser Peter Navarro for using the term "China virus" to describe the coronavirus pandemic. Navarro referred to COVID-19 as the "China virus" and the "CCP virus" during his Wednesday morning interview on New Day. Berman noted that he let one reference of the "China virus" go unchecked but demanded that Navarro stop using the phrase. "We let you say that once, Peter. Please don't say it again on this show. I know why you're saying it," Berman said, adding, "I know what you are trying to do there. There are Asian Americans who have told us they have become the source of crimes." Navarro said that the Chinese Communist Party "infected this nation with a deadly virus," a point Berman dismissed. Navarro said that he loves the people of China but that the Chinese government is to blame for the...
    A leading Chinese disease-control expert has confirmed that Wuhan's officials did cover up the scale of the initial outbreak. Professor Yuen Kwok-yung, who visited the former coronavirus epicentre in January to help diagnose cases, told BBC that local authorities destroyed physical evidence and provided 'slow' response to clinical findings.   'I do suspect that they have been doing some cover-up locally at Wuhan,' he said. 'The local officials who are supposed to immediately relay the information has not allowed this to be done as readily as it should.' Professor Yuen Kwok-yung (pictured), who visited Wuhan in January to help diagnose cases, told BBC that local authorities destroyed physical evidence and provided 'slow' response to clinical findings. The expert inspected the former coronavirus epicentre with medical officials RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Doctors stunned by Italian island that has somehow been... Spain calls for its low-infection...
    São Paulo (CNN)In the corner of a COVID-19 ward in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a woman cleaning the mouth of an intubated patient carries an extraordinary hope for pretty much all of us. Slipping a mouthwash-soaked brush into an elderly woman's mouth, at great personal daily risk, dentist Denise Abranches has something more than courage in her veins.Abranches was the first of an expected 5,000 Brazilian key workers in the healthcare system to receive a trial coronavirus vaccine from Oxford University and multinational drugmaker AstraZeneca, along with volunteers in the UK and South Africa.Across the city, frontline medics like her have enrolled in a Phase 3 test of the vaccine's efficacy as they battle the pandemic, which has infected more than 2 million Brazilians. And it isn't just Oxford testing its vaccine in this vast human petri dish. Chinese firm Sinovac began trials last week in Sao Paulo, and US pharma...
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