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Monday headlines: The drunken year

It was around this week last year that CNN began to use the term “pandemic” to describe the outbreak. / CNN

See also: Comments from Fox’s Sean Hannity around that time. / Twitter

To travel backward a bit further, here’s Ed Yong in 2018: “The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?” / The Atlantic

A pandemic expert weighs in on the road ahead for Covid-19 vaccine distribution—and the possibility of a pan-coronavirus vaccine. / STAT

In English, dictionaries have a few dozen new entries and revisions thanks to the pandemic; in Germany, lexicographers have compiled more than 1,200. / NPR

“The Drunken Canal,” downtown New York’s joke newspaper, makes the Gray Lady for enjoying the pandemic. / The New York Times

Unrelated/related: Deep fakes produced by AI can fool AI performing facial recognition. Also, in case you missed it, fake under-eye bags are hot on TikTok. / VentureBeat, Teen Vogue

The pandemic has worsened Africa’s debt crisis. China and other countries are stepping in. / The Washington Post

In 2017, US diplomats warned that scientists from Wuhan’s coronavirus center had reported “a serious shortage” of trained experts to safely operate a high-containment laboratory. / POLITICO

China’s artists are going rural, rediscovering “the hidden continent of rural China.” / CoBo

Related: “100 Films to Watch to Help You Understand China.” / RADII

Jay Caspian Kang: To stop violence against Asian Americans, we first need to learn how to talk about it. / The New York Times

Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd. / StarTribune

Three viewpoints we found valuable on the Dr. Seuss blowup: kinda-conservative, kinda-middle, kinda-liberal. / The New York Times, Politico, The Washington Post

Scientists find that bacteria is essentially immortal, after giving food to a dormant sample that’s 100 million years old. / Scientific American

Helen Rosner explains how to cook Artichokes à la Grecque and other nice things with your microwave. “It also makes a mean risotto.” / The New Yorker