WHO’s internal documents reveal China’s COVID-19 ‘cover-up’

A new report has now unveiled how China withheld data on COVID-19 pandemic, leaving officers of the World Health Organisation (WHO) “helpless and frustrated”:

At the height of the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese officials kept vital information from the World Health Organisation which could have slowed the spread and saved lives.

Recordings obtained by the Associated Press (AP) revealed WHO staffers were tossing up how to keep China on side while pressing them to provide gene sequences and detailed patient data.

Desperate to not anger officials, the WHO publicly praised China by claiming it had “immediately” shared with them a genetic map of the virus, the investigation found.

WHO claimed China’s commitment to transparency was “very impressive, and beyond words”, – even as officials were struggling to get the information they needed from them…

The latest evidence through the AP investigation shows how WHO officials struggled to get accurate and timely information from China as far back as January.

AP found China had researched the mysterious illness but refused to give the genetic map of the coronavirus until it was leaked to a virologist website.

Fearing a repeat of the SARS outbreak, WHO’s chief of emergencies Michael Ryan, told colleagues in the second week of January that it was time to “shift gears” and apply greater pressure on China for the release of information.

“This is exactly the same scenario, endlessly trying to get updates from China about what was going on,” WHO’s chief of emergencies Michael Ryan could be heard saying in the leaked recordings.

“WHO barely got out of that one with its neck intact given the issues that arose around transparency in southern China.”

In the below video, Gravitas’ Palki Sharma also explains how the WHO was given little data or access during the crucial weeks at the beginning of the outbreak:

As noted by Sharma:

“China hid information, China lied, China delayed, China misled the world and the World Health Organisation”.

The China apologists and CCP wolf wankers now have nowhere to hide.

Leith van Onselen

Comments

  1. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30251-8/fulltext

    Note (in table) that they were isolating coronavirus from bronchoalveolar lavage by December 26. They would have known very quickly it was a virus. Even if they didn’t have a PCR test that could find it, they would have seen the distinctive morphology of a coronavirus on electron microscopy. They knew it was a coronavirus.
    On December 31, told WHO about a pneumonia of unknown cause.
    Further “updates” in early January that cause still not identified.
    Released genome to the world on 7 January.

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      I don’t think the CCP released it to the world on Jan 7th. Otherwise they wouldn’t be closing down the lab that leaked it on Jan 12.

      • Apologies, you are correct.
        China released the genome on January 12.
        China claimed to have isolated the coronavirus on January 7 – but didn’t share this for another 5 days.

  2. Ronin8317MEMBER

    The WHO is playing with words. A lab in Shanghai did published the genome sequence of COVID-19 to virology.org on Jan 12. The CCP closed down the lab one day after. So technically China did share the data even though the CCP never intented to.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/chinese-researchers-reveal-draft-genome-virus-implicated-wuhan-pneumonia-outbreak

    After that, the CCP used the leak to claim they have been ‘co-operative’. They have no shame.

    http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/zgxw_4/t1766814.htm

  3. tripsterMEMBER

    Honest question (no ulterior motive) – why are so many reports from this Indian news agency (or whatever it is) called Gravitas now being posted on the site? What’s the reason for selecting them as a frequent source?

    • Chairman MeowMEMBER

      @tripster, this is why,
      “WION (World is OneNews) is an English language news-based pay television channel in India that is owned by Essel Group. It is part of the Zee Media network of channels. The channel reports global news and issues.”
      “Five Times Zee News Was Caught Spreading LiesPolice, independent fact-checking websites, and media critics have called out Zee News for spreading lies and misreporting on multiple occasions.
      https://www.google.com/amp/s/thelogicalindian.com/amp/news/zee-news-producing-fake-news-segments-21003
      “In a recent case, on May 7, Kozhikode Kasaba Police Station, Kerala filed an FIR against Zee News Editor-in-Chief and anchor, Sudhir Chaudhary, accusing him of insulting religious beliefs of Muslims in his show ‘DNA’.On March 11 in his prime time show DNA, Chaudhary used a diagram, breaking down the ways Muslims allegedly are waging “jihad” on Hindus in India, such as “population jihad”, “love jihad” and “land jihad”, “economic jihad”, “history jihad” and “media jihad”.

      The chart was later found to be a copy-paste work from a Facebook page called Boycott Halal India. But it’s not for the first time the channel has been called out for spreading communally divisive content as news. Here are the four instances where the channel peddled fake news.”
      “Former White House chief strategist and media mogul Steve Bannon spoke exclusively to WION’s Editor-in-Chief Sudhir Chaudhary recently. During the conversation, he spoke about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide victory, US-India relationship, Pakistan, his interest in Hindu spirituality and his love for Bhagavad Gita.
      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wionews.com/india-news/full-transcript-of-steve-bannons-interview-with-sudhir-chaudhary-223319/amp

  4. CCP is an organisation built on lies. Can anyone really be surprised?

    As for the Woof Wanker, when it suits Xi, be will be consumed. People are commodities, to be bought, sold and liquidated and Woof just the latest in a long line of fools who will be disposed of at the appropriate time