The Scapegoat Science and Politics Collide in the Battle against COVID-19

The coronavirus is linking two worlds that often have little to do with each other: politics and science. This is creating a difficult test for scientists in Germany like virologist Christian Drosten, whose research and expertise influence government policies and have placed him in the limelight.
German Virologist Christian Drosten

German Virologist Christian Drosten

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A demonstrator holds up a sign criticizing public health officials: "The Robert Koch Institute, WHO, Drosten: Lie-ologists."

A demonstrator holds up a sign criticizing public health officials: "The Robert Koch Institute, WHO, Drosten: Lie-ologists."

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DER SPIEGEL 23/2020
A demonstration against school closures

A demonstration against school closures

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The Bonn-based virologist Hendrik Streeck

The Bonn-based virologist Hendrik Streeck

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German parliamentarian and scientist Karl Lauterbach

German parliamentarian and scientist Karl Lauterbach

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Baden-Württemberg Governor Winfried Kretschmann

Baden-Württemberg Governor Winfried Kretschmann

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