Scientists revive the COVID ‘lab leak’ debate

May 27, 2021

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Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek, center, of the World Health Organization team say farewell through a handshake with a blue banner in the background

Marion Koopmans, right, and Peter Ben Embarek, center, of the World Health Organization team say farewell to their Chinese counterpart Liang Wannian, left, after a WHO-China Joint Study Press Conference at the end of the WHO mission in Wuhan, China, Feb. 9, 2021.

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A group of prominent scientists in the field of virology are calling for an independent investigation to explore the origins of COVID-19. This week, protesters in Iraq took to the streets again to demand an end to a wave of assassinations and intimidation by Iran-supported militia groups. Also, the Biden administration has redesignated Temporary Protected Status — or TPS — to Haitians living in the US. And, The World remembers Eric Carle, beloved author of the famous children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” who died this week.

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Biden calls for probe into origins of COVID-19

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