Azar says China’s silence on the coronavirus pandemic has left the world “blind”

Azar says China's silence on the coronavirus pandemic has left the world "blind"

Minister of Health and Human Services Alex Azar Thursday strongly affirmed the distrust of the Chinese leadership, providing an almost daily report of federal steps taken to take control Corona Virus Since the beginning of the pandemic, officials have dealt with the uncooperative Communist counterpart.

Azar said the SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequence was not shared until January 9, 10 days after the virus was reported in the media, and likely about two months after its appearance.

“The ability to investigate the virus in January would help the United States and the world develop a response based on science and data,” Azar said. Instead, we were moving blindly, as human-to-human transmission of the virus was not officially confirmed until January 20.

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“We learned about the outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan, China, on December 30th, not through the official channels of that country, as required by the International Health Regulations, but through media monitoring that we do, as well as through notification of whoever Azar said during Hypothetical discussion with the Heritage Foundation “Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office here in the United States.” “One of the first ways in which the United States government was notified of a new virus in mainland China was by people from Taiwan.”

And Azar continued, “Even when we were passing on what we know to the American people, we suspected that we could not trust the reports issued from China.” “Reports from China indicated that the virus had likely appeared there by November, and the Chinese government’s explanation for the outbreak was not rational.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a press conference in the White House Briefing Room in Washington, Friday, November 20, 2020.
(AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

While Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was reportedly informed by the Chinese CDC that the virus originated from animals in the Wuhan market, several clusters of cases appeared among families in the first week of January. These groups are unlikely to have occurred from close encounters with animals, Azar said, and instead indicate human-to-human transmission.

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The minister continued, “There was a lot that we needed to know, and only a little information was received from China.” He detailed how China had not acknowledged requests to send a team of CDC technical experts to help with the investigation until late January.

The deployment of a WHO team has also been postponed until late February.

“Our teams were also pressing the Chinese government to send viral isolates from patients there, and China, one year later, still failed to provide the first generation of viral isolates.”

Azar said the United States has been denied the opportunity to learn about COVID-19 from the country in which it likely originated. He also defended the administration’s early praise for China, saying he was wanted to gain some cooperation, as U.S. officials are allegedly secretly pressing them. Azar criticized the World Health Organization for continuing to praise China, saying: “Unfortunately, the World Health Organization has not implemented the change that we have made, and continues to praise China to this day.

However, months of diplomatic wrangling with Chinese officials prompted the head of the United Nations health agency to express a rare criticism of China, saying it was “Too frustrating“The Chinese government has not authorized the visit now underway on January 5. This investigation will explore the origins of the virus, including a visit to Wuhan, where a team of 13 WHO officials is now under two weeks. Quarantine.”

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“In May, WHO member states were required to authorize by decree that an investigation be conducted specifically into the origins of the virus. It is inconceivable that the investigators were only allowed into China this week. Moreover, these investigators will be examining the analyzes extensively already. Done by Chinese scholars. ” “This flawed scope of the investigation is the result of months of negotiations over the past summer and into the fall, between the World Health Organization and China, without input from the WHO executive board.”

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Azar suggested that if a new virus emerged in a democracy, a global outbreak could have been avoided – unlike the authoritarian government in China.

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