Sheryl Gay Stolberg
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Troy Sutton, a virologist at Pennsylvania State University, on July 25, 2023. Sutton says that health officials referred to the public controversy over the lab leak theory in advising him to pursue different experiments.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 18, 2023
Lab leak fight casts chill over virology research
While some believe practices such as gain-of-function research could fend off the next pandemic, others worry that they are more likely to start one.
Japan Times
Mar 20, 2023
Lab leak or not? How politics shaped the battle over COVID-19’s origin
In the U.S., Democrat-Republican political divisions mean that the evidence for competing theories on the origin of the virus is often filtered through partisan political lenses.
Japan Times
Sep 20, 2022
Biden says the pandemic is over, but at least 400 people are dying daily
Some patients said the president was being insensitive at best, and some public health experts said his words were at odds with the science.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 24, 2022
Biden’s pandemic fight: Inside the setbacks of the first year
The administration has gotten much right, but its response has been hampered by confusing messaging, a lack of focus on testing, fear of political blowback and the virusu2019 unpredictability.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Apr 9, 2021
Likely legal, ‘vaccine passports’ emerge as the next coronavirus divide in U.S.
Around the U.S., businesses, schools and politicians are considering "vaccine passportsu201d as a path to reviving the economy and getting Americans back to work and play.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2021
Former top U.S. virus official lashes Trump’s pandemic response, citing needless deaths
The comments by Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator, were among a string of bombshells that emerged during a CNN special report.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2021
Biden expects enough vaccine supplies for all American adults by end of May
U.S. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that there would be enough doses of the coronavirus vaccine available for the entire adult population in the United States by the end of May, although he said it would take longer to actually inoculate everyone, and he urged people to remain vigilant by wearing masks.
Japan Times
Dec 19, 2020
Trump claims credit for vaccines. Some of his backers don’t want to take them.
Elizabeth Graves, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, is not opposed to vaccines. She said she had taken flu shots and pneumonia shots and, having just turned 50, was interested in being vaccinated against shingles.
Japan Times
Nov 12, 2020
The surging coronavirus finds a U.S. leadership vacuum
As the United States enters what may be the most intense stage of the pandemic yet, the Trump administration remains largely disengaged.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Nov 4, 2020
With Trump still in charge until at least January, virus experts fear the worst
Trump has largely shuttered the White House task force and doubled down on anti-science language, telling voters that the U.S. is "rounding the corneru201d in the pandemic.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
How a dictionary came to spark outrage among the web’s otaku