Jon Cohen
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Science magazine staff writer on infectious diseases, outbreaks, immunology, vaccines, global health, genomics, CRISPR, primates, surfing. Views mine.Source
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‘We’ve done nothing wrong.’ EcoHealth leader fights charges that his research helped spark COVID-19

‘We’ve done nothing wrong.’ EcoHealth leader fights charges that his research helped spark COVID-19

Peter Daszak’s life took a turn for the worse on the evening of 17 April 2020. It has yet to recover. Daszak, a conservation biologist, heads the EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit research group based in New York City that aims to prevent new infectious diseases from emerging. His family had been in a COVID-19 lockdown in their home outside the city for 1 month, and Daszak had spent long days working from a wood-paneled basement office, occasionally giving interviews as a pandemic expert. That Friday evening, he went upstairs for a cup of tea with his wife, who was in the kitchen watching a...

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COVID-19 vaccine protects monkeys from new coronavirus, Chinese biotech reports

COVID-19 vaccine protects monkeys from new coronavirus, Chinese biotech reports

For the first time, one of the many COVID-19 vaccines in development has protected an animal, rhesus macaques, from infection by the new coronavirus, scientists report. The vaccine, an old-fashioned formulation consisting of a chemically inactivated version of the virus, produced no obvious side effects in the monkeys, and human trials began on 16 April. Researchers from Sinovac Biotech, a privately held Beijing-based company, gave two different doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to a total of eight rhesus macaques. Three weeks later, the group introduced SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes...

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