Researchers have long expected that new variants of the coronavirus would gradually get better at evading vaccines. The bigger question, though, is what risk, exactly, breakthrough infections actually pose. But lingering scientific uncertainties have so far left clear guidance elusive.
In “Mao’s Bestiary,” Liz P.Y. Chee explores the use of wild animals in traditional Chinese medicine, which is more closely linked to politics and profit than to ancient culture. Rather, Chee shows that the industry existing today was purposefully developed, expanded, and promoted over the last century.