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In Indonesia, lab workers are arrested and accused of reusing nasal swabs in thousands of coronavirus tests.

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here The idea was simple: Why throw away used rapid antigen test kits for the coronavirus when they could be used again and again? All it took was washing the cotton swabs used to take nasal samples, repackaging them......

New Covid variant detected at Texas A&M lab shows signs of antibody resistance and more severe illness in young people

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Radoslav Zilinsky | Moment | Getty Images Scientists at Texas A&M University’s Global Health Research Complex say they’ve detected a new Covid-19 variant that shows signs of a more contagious strain that causes more severe illness and appears to be resistant......

Navy corpsman suspected of shooting 2 victims is dead at Maryland military lab site

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Military Personnel stand guard outside the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images A Navy hospital corpsman suspected of shooting and critically wounding two people at a Maryland office......

WHO chief says investigation with China into Wuhan lab not extensive enough

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The World Health Organization’s leader said the Chinese government failed to provide access to biological data from as early as September 2019 to COVID-19 origins investigators and argued the joint WHO-China inquiry did not conduct an extensive enough assessment......

Mike Pompeo talks to the Washington Examiner about China, WHO, COVID, and the Wuhan lab

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state for former President Donald Trump from 2018 to 2021, spoke with the Washington Examiner about his thoughts on the origins of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in China, the Chinese Communist Party’s role in......

Biden team gives nod to Trump State Department fact sheet on Wuhan lab

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here A document on the Wuhan Institute of Virology released by the Trump State Department is getting a second look as the Biden administration reportedly confirmed the accuracy of its data points while the World Health Organization investigates evidence that......

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine neutralizes Brazil variant in lab study

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FILE PHOTO: A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo NEW YORK (Reuters) – The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE was able to neutralize a new variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly......

Small-launch leader Rocket Lab going public via a SPAC, with plans for bigger Neutron rocket

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck stands with one his company’s Electron rockets. Rocket Lab Rocket Lab, the leader among companies building small rockets to launch satellites, is going public through a SPAC merger that values the company at more than......

GOP puts NIH on hot seat with call for investigation into US funding to Wuhan lab

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here More than two dozen Republican House members demanded the Health and Human Services Department’s independent watchdog investigate the National Institutes of Health’s response to concerns raised about taxpayer-funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, one of the potential......

Mexico says local AstraZeneca vaccine lab almost rebuilt to meet standards

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The packaging and distribution of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in Mexico had been held up due to a complex certification process that led to major changes at a factory, Mexico’s foreign minister said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Elderly residents queue to receive the AstraZeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine,......

Audit raises concerns about wildfire risks at US nuclear lab

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Albuquerque, N.M. – One of the nation’s premier nuclear laboratories isn’t taking the necessary precautions to guard against wildfires, according to an audit by the U.S. Energy Department’s inspector general. The report comes as wildfire risks intensify across the......

Covid-19 Live Updates: W.H.O. Team in Wuhan Says It’s ‘Extremely Unlikely’ That Virus Came From Lab

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Here’s what you need to know: A team of World Health Organization scientists spoke during a news conference in Wuhan, China, on Tuesday.Credit…Ng Han Guan/Associated Press A team of World Health Organization scientists said on Tuesday in China......

WHO says Covid ‘most likely’ originated in animals and spread to humans, dismisses lab leak theory

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Peter Ben Embarek and Marion Koopmans (R) arrive at a press conference to wrap up a visit by an international team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) in the city of Wuhan in China’s Hefei province on February......

Covid: WHO team says ‘extremely unlikely’ virus leaked from lab

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It was unlikely that the expert group, in its politically-charged mission, would be able to pinpoint the source of the pandemic in China a year after it began. But, after visiting the Wuhan Institute of Virology, they have closed the lid on a controversial theory that coronavirus came from a......

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