Simone McCarthy

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Simone McCarthy

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Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.

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Chinese plane forced to make emergency landing after suffering cabin pressure problems

The flight from Shenzhen to Xian was forced to turn back and drop to a lower altitude after a malfunction.

9 Aug 2020 - 10:51PM

The flight from Shenzhen to Xian was forced to turn back and drop to a lower altitude after a malfunction.

Chinese plane forced to make emergency landing after suffering cabin pressure problems
Coronavirus: average incubation period may be longer than first thought, research shows

In study of confirmed cases who travelled from Wuhan, mean value is 8.29 days, US and Chinese researchers say.

10 Aug 2020 - 6:31AM

In study of confirmed cases who travelled from Wuhan, mean value is 8.29 days, US and Chinese researchers say.

Coronavirus: average incubation period may be longer than first thought, research shows
Coronavirus vaccine will not be a magic bullet, scientists warn

Handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing may still be critical, even as potential vaccines roll out.

8 Aug 2020 - 8:50PM

Handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing may still be critical, even as potential vaccines roll out.

Coronavirus vaccine will not be a magic bullet, scientists warn
Coronavirus: could cells that fight common cold help people beat Covid-19?

Researchers say findings could have significant implications regarding herd immunity thresholds and projections for Covid-19.

6 Aug 2020 - 12:23PM

Researchers say findings could have significant implications regarding herd immunity thresholds and projections for Covid-19.

Coronavirus: could cells that fight common cold help people beat Covid-19?
Coronavirus: WHO gears up for main mission into China to hunt for the origins of Covid-19

International team led by WHO experts will examine the first cases identified in Wuhan to try to track the animal source of the virus.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:46PM

International team led by WHO experts will examine the first cases identified in Wuhan to try to track the animal source of the virus.

Coronavirus: WHO gears up for main mission into China to hunt for the origins of Covid-19
Coronavirus: China positions itself for ‘vaccine diplomacy’ push to fight Covid-19

Beijing is offering loans and priority access to developing countries for vaccinations as they move to large-scale trials.

4 Aug 2020 - 10:51PM

Beijing is offering loans and priority access to developing countries for vaccinations as they move to large-scale trials.

Coronavirus: China positions itself for ‘vaccine diplomacy’ push to fight Covid-19
Coronavirus vaccine success to hinge on global immunisation programme

Most of the world’s people need to be inoculated to achieve ‘herd immunity’ to significantly slow or stop transmission, experts say.

30 Jul 2020 - 12:49PM

Most of the world’s people need to be inoculated to achieve ‘herd immunity’ to significantly slow or stop transmission, experts say.

Coronavirus vaccine success to hinge on global immunisation programme
Coronavirus: Lancet says scapegoating China for pandemic ‘not constructive’

Journal acknowledges the country has been widely criticised over the coronavirus, but says the world can learn from its disease control successes.

24 Jul 2020 - 9:23PM

Journal acknowledges the country has been widely criticised over the coronavirus, but says the world can learn from its disease control successes.

Coronavirus: Lancet says scapegoating China for pandemic ‘not constructive’
Coronavirus: top scientists push for ‘quantum leap’ in bat virus research to avoid new pandemic

Warnings about the risks of bat coronaviruses causing human disease have gone unheeded for years and ‘our prolonged deafness now exacts a tragic price’, top scientists write in journal article.

24 Jul 2020 - 2:16AM

Warnings about the risks of bat coronaviruses causing human disease have gone unheeded for years and ‘our prolonged deafness now exacts a tragic price’, top scientists write in journal article.

Coronavirus: top scientists push for ‘quantum leap’ in bat virus research to avoid new pandemic
What happens next, as coronavirus vaccine trials move to a new phase?

Teams from China, the UK, the US and Germany have shown their candidates are safe but there’s still a long way to go before a vaccine gets regulatory approval.

22 Jul 2020 - 9:19AM

Teams from China, the UK, the US and Germany have shown their candidates are safe but there’s still a long way to go before a vaccine gets regulatory approval.

What happens next, as  coronavirus vaccine trials move to a new phase?
Covid-19 vaccine candidates move closer to final testing

Pharmaceutical firms around the world are releasing positive early results and gearing up for phase three trials.

18 Jul 2020 - 3:26AM

Pharmaceutical firms around the world are releasing positive early results and gearing up for phase three trials.

Covid-19 vaccine candidates move closer to final testing
Coronavirus: no easy way out of pandemic, even with a vaccine, experts say

People ‘need to realise that this is truly an unprecedented virus’, professor of infectious diseases says.

16 Jul 2020 - 10:15PM

People ‘need to realise that this is truly an unprecedented virus’, professor of infectious diseases says.

Coronavirus: no easy way out of pandemic, even with a vaccine, experts say
Coronavirus: China confirms WHO advance team in Beijing to pave way for origins search

Foreign ministry underlines position that origin-tracing should also take place in other countries.

14 Jul 2020 - 9:16AM

Foreign ministry underlines position that origin-tracing should also take place in other countries.

Coronavirus: China confirms WHO advance team in Beijing to pave way for origins search
WHO remains tight-lipped on experts sent to investigate coronavirus in China

Two specialists were in the Chinese capital on the weekend to talk terms of a bigger mission into the origins of the pandemic.

13 Jul 2020 - 11:31AM

Two specialists were in the Chinese capital on the weekend to talk terms of a bigger mission into the origins of the pandemic.

WHO remains tight-lipped on experts sent to investigate coronavirus in China
Scientists hope WHO China visit will throw light on early Covid-19 probes

Questions remain for many international experts about initial Chinese investigations into origins of new coronavirus.

12 Jul 2020 - 12:34PM

Questions remain for many international experts about initial Chinese investigations into origins of new coronavirus.

Scientists hope WHO China visit will throw light on early Covid-19 probes
The risk-free upsides for China in the WHO’s coronavirus origin quest

Allowing investigators into the country gives Beijing the chance to project itself as a responsible international player, analysts say.

11 Jul 2020 - 1:20PM

Allowing investigators into the country gives Beijing the chance to project itself as a responsible international player, analysts say.

The risk-free upsides for China in the WHO’s coronavirus origin quest
WHO team heading to China as politics weigh on search for Covid-19 origin

They will meet officials from Chinese science and technology ministry and National Health Commission this weekend to discuss international investigation.

8 Jul 2020 - 11:32PM

They will meet officials from Chinese science and technology ministry and National Health Commission this weekend to discuss international investigation.

WHO team heading to China as politics weigh on search for Covid-19 origin
Six months into coronavirus pandemic, scientists say exact source may never be identified

A WHO team is meeting Chinese health officials this weekend to set parameters for an investigation. But exactly how, where and when the pathogen was first transmitted to a human could remain a mystery, according to experts.

8 Jul 2020 - 2:01PM

A WHO team is meeting Chinese health officials this weekend to set parameters for an investigation. But exactly how, where and when the pathogen was first transmitted to a human could remain a mystery, according to experts.

Six months into coronavirus pandemic, scientists say exact source may never be identified
US Peace Corps’ exit from China cuts valued channel of Sino-American dialogue

Agency that broke down nationalistic barriers and stereotypes through English-language teaching ends its China programme after 26 years.

4 Jul 2020 - 11:30PM

Agency that broke down nationalistic barriers and stereotypes through English-language teaching ends its China programme after 26 years.

US Peace Corps’ exit from China cuts valued channel of Sino-American dialogue
Coronavirus: WHO will send ‘advance team’ to China in hunt for source of Covid-19

Animal health expert and specialist in epidemiological field investigations to be part of ‘scoping mission’, organisation says, with larger international inquiry expected to follow.

3 Jul 2020 - 3:48AM

Animal health expert and specialist in epidemiological field investigations to be part of ‘scoping mission’, organisation says, with larger international inquiry expected to follow.

Coronavirus: WHO will send ‘advance team’ to China in hunt for source of Covid-19
Coronavirus: WHO to send second team into China to seek source of Covid-19

Experts are sceptical that an inquiry more than six months after first outbreak can find definitive answers about the origin of the virus.

30 Jun 2020 - 10:57PM

Experts are sceptical that an inquiry more than six months after first outbreak can find definitive answers about the origin of the virus.

Coronavirus: WHO to send second team into China to seek source of Covid-19
Is the coronavirus pandemic entering a second wave?

Unclear whether Covid-19 will have similar trajectory to 1918 flu pandemic, which is infamous for its more lethal later surge.

29 Jun 2020 - 3:02PM

Unclear whether Covid-19 will have similar trajectory to 1918 flu pandemic, which is infamous for its more lethal later surge.

Is the coronavirus pandemic entering a second wave?
Does Covid-19 spread through food? The evidence says ‘highly unlikely’

A fresh outbreak linked to a market in Beijing has fuelled speculation that contaminated food from overseas could be to blame.

26 Jun 2020 - 10:11PM

A fresh outbreak linked to a market in Beijing has fuelled speculation that contaminated food from overseas could be to blame.

Does Covid-19 spread through food? The evidence says ‘highly unlikely’
Coronavirus: food-related outbreaks raise flags about supply security

In Europe, South America and the US, meat processing plants have been hotspots for the spread of the virus.

22 Jun 2020 - 11:00PM

In Europe, South America and the US, meat processing plants have been hotspots for the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus: food-related outbreaks raise flags about supply security
Uncertain future as Covid-19 infection rate sets global records

Experts reluctant to predict the course of the pandemic as some countries ease lockdowns and Beijing suffers new outbreak.

22 Jun 2020 - 8:19AM

Experts reluctant to predict the course of the pandemic as some countries ease lockdowns and Beijing suffers new outbreak.

Uncertain future as Covid-19 infection rate sets global records
After ivory trade crackdown, Chinese buyers find new black market in Cambodia

China’s ban in 2017 caused a fall in demand but elsewhere in Asia countries with weak policing draw new traders and tactics, say animal activists.

13 Jun 2020 - 10:45PM

China’s ban in 2017 caused a fall in demand but elsewhere in Asia countries with weak policing draw new traders and tactics, say animal activists.

After ivory trade crackdown, Chinese buyers find new black market in Cambodia
Industrial farming of livestock a ticking pathogen bomb, scientists say

After African swine fever and the coronavirus, Chinese authorities plan to plug holes to control diseases in animals, but experts say it’s a global problem.

2 Jun 2020 - 11:12AM

After African swine fever and the coronavirus, Chinese authorities plan to plug holes to control diseases in animals, but experts say it’s a global problem.

Industrial farming of livestock a ticking pathogen bomb, scientists say
Donald Trump’s ‘G11’ plan heightens speculation over efforts to build new anti-China alliance

US President says Australia, India, South Korea and Russia should attend G7 summit in move that some observers see as latest effort to contain and isolate Beijing.

31 May 2020 - 11:15PM

US President says Australia, India, South Korea and Russia should attend G7 summit in move that some observers see as latest effort to contain and isolate Beijing.

Donald Trump’s ‘G11’ plan heightens speculation over efforts to build new anti-China alliance
US-China big chill may freeze out Chinese students from American university research labs

Three lawmakers propose bill to prohibit students from Chinese mainland studying STEM subjects in US.

28 May 2020 - 9:46PM

Three lawmakers propose bill to prohibit students from Chinese mainland studying STEM subjects in US.

US-China big chill may freeze out Chinese students from American university research labs
The life or death question: who gets the Covid-19 vaccine?

Experts warn drug development structure and signs of protectionism and nationalism send worrying signals about what distribution will look like.

25 May 2020 - 8:56AM

Experts warn drug development structure and signs of protectionism and nationalism send worrying signals about what distribution will look like.

The life or death question: who gets the Covid-19 vaccine?