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As scientists break down borders to fight Covid-19, nationalist leaders build them back up

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The contrast between the world of politics and governments with that of science could never be starker. While governments have been quick to close their borders and imprison their citizens, the fiercely competitive scientific community has shattered theirs to create unprecedented collaboration and freedom of information-sharing.

The cooperation among the global scientific communities is an inspiration at a time of a grave health crisis. Never before have so many experts in so many countries focused simultaneously on a single topic and with such urgency. Nearly all other research has ground to a halt.

Egos, careers and normal imperatives like academic recognition have been set aside. The traditional publishing paradigm through peer-reviewed journals (which take months to be approved and published) has been set aside. Online and open repositories are making daily research findings available in real time. While this could lead to an ‘infodemic’ of bad information, many believe the benefits of rapid information-sharing far outweigh the disadvantages. And they appear to be right. Researchers have identified and shared hundreds of viral genome........

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