WHO team scrutinizing cases of 90 patients with coronavirus-like symptoms in October 2019, two months before Beijing acknowledged first infections The Wall Street Journal By Drew Hinshaw, Jeremy Page and Betsy McKay Updated Feb. 10, 2021 7:00 pm ET BEIJING—About 90 people were hospitalized with Covid-19-like symptoms in central China in the two months before the disease was first identified in Wuhan in late 2019, according to World Health Organization investigators, who said they pressed Beijing to allow further testing to determine whether the new virus was … [Read more...] about Possible Early Covid-19 Cases in China Emerge During WHO Mission
The mistakes and the struggles behind America’s coronavirus tragedy. The New Yorker A Reporter at Large January 4 & 11, 2021 Issue By Lawrence Wright December 28, 2020 1. “An Evolving Situation” There are three moments in the yearlong catastrophe of the covid-19 pandemic when events might have turned out differently. The first occurred on January 3, 2020, when Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke with George Fu Gao, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which was … [Read more...] about The Plague Year
Times Union Chris Bragg Jan. 11, 2021Updated: Jan. 11, 2021 10:25 a.m. ALBANY — After months of furor from mourning families, the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a report in July absolving itself of blame for thousands of COVID-19-related deaths at nursing homes in New York. Although Cuomo portrayed the findings as definitive proof, six months later, his administration is refusing to back up the findings by providing copies of the records that were the basis of the report’s conclusions. In response to a written request from the Times Union, the administration … [Read more...] about Cuomo administration conceals records behind controversial nursing home study
New York Times By Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman, Noah Weiland, Sharon LaFraniere and Mark Mazzetti Dec. 31, 2020 President Trump missed his chance to show that he could rise to the moment in the final chapter of his presidency and meet the defining challenge of his tenure. WASHINGTON — It was a warm summer Wednesday, Election Day was looming and President Trump was even angrier than usual at the relentless focus on the coronavirus pandemic. “You’re killing me! This whole thing is! We’ve got all the damn cases,” Mr. Trump yelled at Jared … [Read more...] about Trump’s Focus as the Pandemic Raged: What Would It Mean for Him?
New York Times By Chris Buckley, David D. Kirkpatrick, Amy Qin and Javier C. Hernández Beijing acted against the coronavirus with stunning force, as its official narratives recount. But not before a political logjam had allowed a local outbreak to kindle a global pandemic. The most famous doctor in China was on an urgent mission. Celebrated as the hero who helped uncover the SARS epidemic17 years ago, Dr. Zhong Nanshan, now 84, was under orders to rush to Wuhan, a city in central China, and investigate a strange new coronavirus. His assistant photographed … [Read more...] about 25 DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: HOW COVID-19 SLIPPED CHINA’S GRASP