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Coronavirus: Leaked WHO Files Show China ‘Delayed Releasing Important Information’

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Sky News: China delayed releasing important coronavirus information during the early days of the outbreak, according to leaked WHO documents and recordings of WHO meetings obtained by the Associated Press (AP).

The delay led to frustration for officials in the World Health Organisation (WHO), even as they publicly praised China for its transparency.

The country waited more than one week before publishing the genome of the novel coronavirus on 11 January, despite the fact three different government labs had fully sequenced the genetic code.
“Tight controls on information and competition within the Chinese public health system were to blame, according to dozens of interviews and internal documents,” AP reported.

And for two weeks afterwards, China also delayed providing the WHO with more detailed data on patients and cases, according to the recordings, making it difficult for officials to judge whether the virus could spread between people, and what risk it might mean for the rest of the world.

One WHO official reportedly complained: “We’re going on very minimal information. It’s clearly not enough for you to do proper planning.”

AP said: “WHO staffers debated how to press China for gene sequences and detailed patient data without angering authorities, worried about losing access and getting Chinese scientists into trouble.”
The Chinese government did not comment on AP’s report, but has repeatedly said it has acted transparently.

“Since the beginning of the outbreak, we have been continuously sharing information on the epidemic with the WHO, and the international community in an open, transparent and responsible manner,” said Liu Mingzhu, an official with the National Health Commission’s International Department, at a news briefing on 15 May.

In a statement, the WHO said: “Our leadership and staff have worked night and day in compliance with the organisation’s rules and regulations to support and share information with all member states equally, and engage in frank and forthright conversations with governments at all levels.”

International law requires countries to report information that may affect public health but the WHO does not have enforcement powers.

Officials compared China’s lack of cooperation with other countries.

“This would not happen in Congo and did not happen in Congo and other places,” Dr Michael Ryan, WHO’s chief of emergencies, told colleagues in the second week of January, according to the report.

“We need to see the data. It’s absolutely important at this point.”

The Wuhan Institute of Virology sequenced the genome of the virus by 2 January – a short time after the first efforts to decode the genetic map of the virus began in late December, and other labs were also racing to sequence the genome.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The Genie popped out of the test tube, jumped on a magic carpet, flew all
    over the Planet, killed millions, sickened tens of millions and haven’t stopped.
    now they know how to do it, they can always come up with something worse.
    But it’s not their Government, but by a private Pharma Lab, but now to control
    all big Pharma Labs all over the world – you think?? will never happen.

  2. Do you trust what they say? I don’t, they can afford to lose millions and
    they wont miss them. the world haven’t seen anything yet but watch them.

  3. Those “Gooks”, only care about themself and making profit. They do it at all costs. as long as they get financial gains. They rape the seas of all resources. They rape the land. Then they migrate to your and other countries to do the same.

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