First, China tried to blame the virus on the US military having somehow unleashed the disease in China. Later, they tried to blame imported frozen vegetables from Europe.
The World Health Organization was embarrassingly complicit in helping China suppress much-needed information at the outset of the viral spread. Even recently, China’s crippling tariffs on Australian wine have been in direct reaction to Australia calling for an inquiry into China’s role in precipitating the global Coronovirus crisis.
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WHO gave the world many false assurances long after they and some inkling of what we could really be facing with this virus.
Long after China had closed travel in and out of the affected areas within the country, international travel into and out of Wuhan continued as before. Had health agencies been notified, precautions might have been taken to reduce or at least delay the spread to Europe (and from there to the US) allowing more information about the virus to be gathered, and a response strategy to have been formulated.
WHO was more lapdog than watchdog in the early days. But they may have been embarrassed into some honesty.
The official, Mike Ryan, noted “it’s highly speculative for us to say that the disease did not emerge in China,” during a virtual briefing in Geneva. The remarks came in response to a question about whether or not COVID-19 could have emerged somewhere besides China.
“It is clear from a public health perspective that you start your investigations where the human cases first emerged,” he added. –NationalPulse
Better late to the party than not coming at all, I suppose.