U.S. eliminated a crucial CDC expert job in China July 2019 – months before virus outbreak – Reuters

The American disease expert, a medical epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency, left her post in July, according to four sources with knowledge of the issue. The first cases…

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Hollywood’s pandemic warning a decade ago could have been taken ‘much more seriously,’ pathologist says – MarketWatch

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Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918’ – POLITICO

In a tabletop exercise days before an untested new president took power, officials briefed the incoming administration on a scenario remarkably like the one he faces now.Source: Before Trump’s inauguration,…

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Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to NOVEMBER 17, 2019 | South China Morning Post

Government records suggest first person infected with new disease may have been a Hubei resident aged 55, but ‘patient zero’ has yet to be confirmed. Source: Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed…

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Seattle feels like ‘ghost town,’ business owners say as they face life in coronavirus hot spot – NBC

As the death toll in Washington climbed, Seattle's mayor declared a civil emergency and businesses braced for economic fallout.Source: Seattle feels like 'ghost town,' business owners say as they face…

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Around 500,000 Syrian children are living in dangerous conditions near the Turkish border

Hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons are enduring life-threatening conditions near Syria’s border with Turkey, having fled the fighting as Russian-backed Syrian forces target the last rebel stronghold.Source: Around…

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