Project

The Science of COVID-19

Jon Cohen and Kai Kupferschmidt, who between them have decades of experience covering infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, Ebola, SARS, and influenza, form the core of a reporting team at Science that is chronicling the biggest science and society story in decades.

The Science team is producing multiple stories a day exploring the nature of the virus, the course of the disease, potential treatments and vaccines, the patterns of spread around the world, and impacts on society. We are also focusing on the interplay of science and politics that is shaping each country's control efforts.

This Pulitzer Center-supported project enables Science to sustain its core effort and expand it with reporting from Africa, India, Latin America, and other regions where the pandemic is now taking hold, some of which have weak or vulnerable health systems.

Wuhan Coronavirus Hunter Shi Zhengli Speaks Out

The coronavirus pandemic has thrust virologist Shi Zhengli into a fierce spotlight. Many have speculated that the pathogen that causes COVID-19, accidentally escaped from her lab. Some have even suggested it could have been engineered there. Claims “that SARS-CoV-2 was leaked from our institute totally contradicts the facts,” Shi said. “It jeopardizes and affects our academic work and personal life.”