Select Page

Independent Panel Blames China, WHO For Acting Too Slowly To Contain COVID-19

Independent Panel Blames China, WHO For Acting Too Slowly To Contain COVID-19

An independent panel says China and the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to act quickly to contain COVID-19 at the beginning of the outbreak, according to a Monday report.

The Switzerland-based Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness concluded that Beijing should have acted with greater urgency in applying public health measures as the new pneumonia-like illness swept through Wuhan, in Hubei Province.

“What is clear to the panel is that public health measures could have been applied more forcefully by local and national health authorities in China in January (2020),” reads the report (via CNN !?).

Of course, regular readers know it goes far beyond ‘not acting quickly enough.’

Beijing silenced whistleblowers, refused to share data, lied about the number of deaths, destroyed virus samples, and altered the database at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to scrub references to animal-human research just two days after said samples were ordered destroyed.

In September, former US ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, accused Xi and China of mishandling the coronavirus outbreak, telling CNN, “What could have been contained in Wuhan ended up becoming a worldwide pandemic.”

And not only did the WHO ‘fail to act quickly,’ as the Swiss panel concluded, they helped China cover up the outbreak – congratulating Xi on his “speedy” response, while repeating CCP propaganda suggesting that there was no human-to-human transmission (despite whistleblowers revealing otherwise).

Back to the Swiss report… China has attempted to defend themselves, with Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying saying “About this I want to say that we should certainly try to do better. I think any country, including China, the US, the UK, Japan, and any other country, should try to do better, because I think there is always no best, only better, when it comes to public health issues,” adding “But I think there is another point that needs attention here,” in that Western media is unfairly criticizing Beijing’s response (which Bill Gates agrees with).

The independent panel is co-chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who raised alarms over the WHO’s delay in sounding the alarm on COVID.

“It is not clear why the committee did not meet until the third week of January, nor is it clear why it was unable to agree on the declaration of a public health emergency of international concern when it was first convened,” reads the report.

The report also highlighted that WHO did not declare the outbreak a pandemic until March 11, 2020 after some health experts and media outlets had already begun adopting the term. By that time, there were already 118,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths worldwide.

Although the term pandemic is neither used nor defined in the International Health Regulations (2005), its use does serve to focus attention on the gravity of a health event,” the report said.

It concluded that WHO “has been underpowered to do the job expected of it.” WHO has a “gravely limited” power to validate reports of disease outbreaks for pandemic potential, or to deploy support to local areas, it said. -CNN

It’s ironic how the MSM, including CNN, breathlessly repeated CCP and WHO propaganda during the early stages of the pandemic. All it took for them to come around was Trump leaving office.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/19/2021 – 16:50


This post has been republished with permission from a publicly-available RSS feed found on Zero Hedge. The views expressed by the original author(s) do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of The Libertarian Hub, its owners or administrators. Any images included in the original article belong to and are the sole responsibility of the original author/website. The Libertarian Hub makes no claims of ownership of any imported photos/images and shall not be held liable for any unintended copyright infringement. Submit a DCMA takedown request.

-> Click Here to Read the Original Article <-

About The Author

Tyler Durden

Zero Hedge's mission is to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public, to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become, to liberate oppressed knowledge, to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint and to facilitate information's unending quest for freedom. Visit https://www.zerohedge.com

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Welcome

Bringing together a variety of news and information from some of today’s most important libertarian thought leaders. All feeds are checked and refreshed every hour and pages auto-refresh every 15 minutes. External images are deleted after 30 days.

Time since last refresh: 0 second

Publish Your Own Article

Follow The Libertarian Hub


Please consider donating using any of the cryptocurrencies below or use the Brave browser to tip using Basic Attention Tokens (BAT). Your anonymous contributions help keep this website running for everyone to enjoy!

Donate

Take Control of Your Domain Names
The Ultimate Managed Hosting Platform

Weekly Newsletter

Newsletter Signup

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive a weekly email report of the top five most popular articles on the Libertarian Hub!

Weekly Newsletter SignupTop 5 Stories of the Week

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive a weekly email report of the top five most popular articles on the Libertarian Hub!