Virus outbreak: Academia Sinica rejects China’s virus reagent claimBy Wu Hsin-tien and Dennis Xie / Staff reporter, with staff writerAcademia Sinica yesterday denied a claim by the Chinese media that China deserved credit for the institute’s development of a rapid screening reagent for COVID-19. A researcher at Academia Sinica in Taipei yesterday holds up rapid screening reagents for, from left, COVID-19, SARS and MERS. “As ‘Sinica’ means ‘Chinese’ in Latin, the organization should consider altering its name to avoid possible confusion,” DPP Legislator Fan Yun (范雲) said. Foreign academics often ask why the government does not change “Sinica” into “Taiwanica,” she said. She asked the institute, which has used Academia Sinica as its English name since 1928, to submit a report on the issue within three months.
Source: Taipei Times March 09, 2020 15:56 UTC