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Trump’s May 19th Kiss-Off Letter to WHO Lied (As Usual)

Eric Zuesse

On May 19th, Donald Trump presented to the World Health Organization (the U.N.’s health-organization), in a brief letter that included no sources but only allegations, essentially a promise that after 30 days he will “make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the World Health Organization permanent and reconsider our membership in the organization” (unless the WHO will “demonstrate independence from China” by, basically, blaming China for Covid-19, which is not likely to happen).

His very first allegation was: “The World Health Organization consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from the Lancet medical journal.”

The Lancet’s website enables (not conveniently but it does) chronological access to all of its articles on this coronavirus, and all of the first three were first published online, actually, on January 24th, and none of them is anything like the current American Liar-in-Chief’s description (condemnatory of China) asserts. Two of the three January 24th coronavirus articles were among the earliest scientific reports of what was, as of that date, scientifically established to be true specifically about this virus and its origin and its disease, and the third article was a summary of the other two and a then-current-state-of-the-art report about those two articles and all else that was scientifically known about these matters, as of January 24th. Here are highlights from that comprehensive article, to be compared with Trump’s opening statement, that “The World Health Organization consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier, including reports from the Lancet medical journal”:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30184-7/fulltext

Data sharing and outbreaks: best practice exemplified

David L Heymann, Published:January 24, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30184-7

At the beginning of an outbreak such as this, readily available information is important to begin the assessment necessary to understand the risks and begin outbreak containment activities. This information includes initial reports from the outbreak site and from laboratories supporting the initial investigation, and information obtained from previous outbreaks with similar organisms. …

The two Articles that have been published in The Lancet [BOTH LIKEWISE ON JAN 24] provide some of this information: the study by Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan and colleagues1 of a family cluster of six people who returned to their homes in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, a coastal area of south China bordering Hong Kong, with infection after having travelled to Wuhan, Hubei province, China; and the study by Chaolin Huang and colleagues2 of 41 people confirmed to have infection and admitted to hospital in Wuhan, where the outbreak is thought to have begun. These early but important Articles include contact information and estimates of incubation periods, the ages of those who are infected and their clinical manifestations, laboratory and radiological information, and information about the contacts that led to their infection.

The picture these two manuscripts paint is of a disease with a 3–6 day incubation period and insidious onset with fever, cough, and myalgia—with or without diarrhoea or shortness of breath, or both. Laboratory findings include leucopenia, and radiological findings of bilateral ground-glass opacities.1,  2 Some patients have mild disease, but older patients (aged >60 years) progress to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, and a need for intubation and intensive care. And some infections terminate in death, but a case-fatality rate cannot be determined.

These Articles also confirm that many patients had contact with the market that is the suspected point source of infection,2 while others did not but did have had contact with patients in their family cluster or elsewhere.1 Although these reports confirm person-to-person transmission, the means of transmission and the transmissibility cannot be hypothesised from the information published. …

The information in these Articles are pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that are being fit together by WHO as it continues to collect official reports and informal information from its virtual groups of national clinicians, epidemiologists, and virologists working at outbreak sites and brought together from around the world. When pieced together, these emerging data will permit regular refinement of the risk assessment, and real-time guidance to countries for patient management and outbreak control, including the best case definition for use in surveillance around outbreak sites and elsewhere.

Early official information from the Chinese Government about the outbreak in Wuhan suggested that the source of the outbreak was being confirmed, that patients were being isolated, that tracing of contacts of known patients were being identified and observed for fever, and that no health workers had been infected.3 The cause of the outbreak was rapidly identified by genetic sequencing as a novel coronavirus. Risk assessment at that time was guarded but suggested that the outbreak was more like that caused by the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus.

However, this information was from what now appears to be first-generation cases from a point source, but at the time it seems that a second generation, and perhaps a third generation, of cases was already reported in the incubation period, and this generation appears to have included health workers.

Health worker infections are an ominous finding in any emerging infection. Front-line health workers can be initially at risk and infected when they examine and treat patients who present with a respiratory infection; if handwashing or other infection prevention and control measures are not in place, these health workers are at great risk of infection and become the inadvertent carriers to patients who are in hospital for other diseases and treatments, family members, and the community.

Early in the SARS coronavirus outbreak, frontline health workers became infected, which amplified transmission to patients in hospitals where outbreaks were occurring.4 Early evidence from the initial MERS outbreaks suggested that health workers were likewise being infected, but that their infections were less severe than those of patients in hospitals who became infected and had comorbidities such as diabetes or chronic respiratory disease.5

Today, the epidemiology of both SARS and MERS viruses is mostly understood, and the same will be true for the current outbreak of 2019-nCoV if data continue to be freely shared and used to provide real-time guidance. These Articles and others being rapidly disseminated and shared will have a major role in assuring that this global collaboration occurs. …

That opening allegation is typical of the others in America’s current Liar-in-Chief’s insulting letter to WHO about China and about WHO.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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topical
topical
May 24, 2020

We expect WHO to be on top of this… not ‘collecting papers and data’ after the fact. They should have been way ahead of things due to the previous outbreaks such as H1N1, MERS, Ebola, SARS, etc, etc, etc. Many of these ‘viruses’ are similar, anyway. EVERY SINGLE piece of advice that came from WHO was incorrect, and still is… There is also no evidence that China even thinks this was a virus outbreak. They may believe it was a bioweapon. No one knows for sure and at this point, no one can be believed. They are certainly not beholden… Read more »

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  topical
May 25, 2020

Fiction, fantasy and fairytale.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John Ellis
May 25, 2020

The origin and producer of the biowarfare virus will be discussed eternally and the truth will never be told, same as the infamous 9/11 business. The truth is veiled, but one thing we may all believe: The US government is telling the world lies. If there is one certainty then it is the fact that whatever the US Government says is a lie.

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
May 24, 2020

Who in their right mind would trust the Lancet? Mr. Zuesse, it looks like.

Let’s get it super clear, Eric — when November 2020 arrives, I will be voting for Donald J. Trump. I will NOT be voting for Eric Zuesse, so you can stop campaigning and save your ideological pennies.

Jack Garbo
Jack Garbo
Reply to  Paul Martin
May 25, 2020

You can vote for Santa Claus if you like, since voting in the US is a futile delusion. You decide nothing, your masters do. They also tell their orange monkey what to do.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Jack Garbo
May 25, 2020

I will vote for Miss Piggy. Have always admired her and always will.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Paul Martin
May 25, 2020

Who is Mr. Paul Martin to give the author Eric zuesse orders? He is a simple reader, believing that Mr. Zuesse wrote for him only. No, dear Mr. Paul Martin. This is not the case. Eric Zuesse writes for thousands of readers, his texts are not only published in THE DURAN but also in THE SAKER and in many other alternative, free media.

Whether Mr. Paul Martin votes for President Trump is really of no public interest at all.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
May 25, 2020

I am laughing at the picture they chose to illustrate your text. President Trump should shut his big open mouth, otherwise a cat might jump in and bite of his tongue. And that raised “Lehrer Lempel” finger also looks ridiculous. Trump giving a lesson to Xi Jinping! Baby USA teaching the wise old man, China. The USA is a few centuries young, China has existed as a state for thousands of years. Go figure! The sun never sets over US stupidity.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

The US is such a ridiculous country, full of loud-mouthed fools.

Olivia Kroth
May 24, 2020

Russia is siding with WHO and with China, in this case, although President Putin likes President Trump and will never say a bad word about him. But fairness where fairness is due! There is no “Wuhan virus”. It was a bioweapon, imported into China to decimate the Chinese population and destroy the Chinese economy. Dear Mr. Trump, deal with it and get on with your own business of governing the USA!

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 24, 2020

Dear Ms. Kroth — the crucial matter involving Trump is not nearly as simplistic as being limited to “governing” the USA: this is a global war to defeat a very old enemy — the enemy of many nation states, not just America, and so what is truly at stake seems to escape many. Although it may scathe your already bilious view of “things American,” Putin and Trump are on quite an ample footing together on many points. Therefore, even your lukewarm characterization of President Putin “liking Trump” is entirely besides the point, and borders on the disingenuous. You are looking,… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Paul Martin
May 25, 2020

Many eloquent words to express one simple fact: the virus needs to be contained and if possible eliminated. WHO invented this virus? WHO imported this virus to China? Many people around the globe believe that it was a biowarfare weapon imported to China by US Secret Services. President Trump should stop lying about China. Eric Zuesse is right. Trump is lying by accusing the Chinese government. President Trump should give up this ridiculous and mad sort of self-defence, which makes him look silly and incompetent. Whether you will vote for Trump is of no matter here, neither is it important… Read more »

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

Wait, I am the one who is playing a blame game? Aren’t YOU the one who is ready to put down America at every turn your fingers hit the keyboard? Such typical projection. You should be reminded that China — or rather certain factions in China, are still serving the globalists and the Rothschild interests — if you recall, the same Rothschilds that earlier sent tons of gold to help set up China as the next world power for ruling everyone else, a fact which the two Alexes have even mentioned in the past. You somehow remind me of Miss… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Paul Martin
May 25, 2020

China is serving its own interests which do not coincide with so-called “Rothschild” interests, whatever they might be. This is another of those anti-semitic tags I do not really understand.

Regarding “Miss Haversham”, I do not understand this either, because I do not read Dickens. I read Tolstoy. Especially “War and Peace” is a very interesting novel. People can learn a lot of it, even you, Mr. Paul Martin.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

P.S. The Pentagon should also read “War and Peace”, so they will finally learn how to win a war, because the US has not won any war yet, neither in Vietnam, nor in Iraq, nor in Afghanistan, nor in Syria, nor elsewhere. The US did not even win World War II, because it was the Soviet Union under Generalissimo Zhukov who won that war and marched into Berlin with the Red Army, where Hitler had to sign the capitulation document, forced on him by the Soviet Union. The US, as is typical for them, jumped on the horse when it… Read more »

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 27, 2020

You are a classic misanthrope, Miss Haversham, and misanthropes who are as obsessed with war as you are, are not interested in peace. In your war obsession, you are like a Russian version of the American neocons. People like you are a threat to the world, not Donald Trump, nor the Americans who are the real constitutional patriots. Everything you accuse others of doing or being is only true of your own mental incapacity to understand. I’m finished with you, you are not worth another moment of consideration.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 27, 2020

Peter Lavelle on “Crosstalk” – Russia Today:
“Pointless Quarantine conflict”

SteveK9
SteveK9
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

If it’s a bioweapon it’s the worst ever devised, since it hardly killed anyone except the usual number of elderly / sick that die every year from the flu. Most likely is still an accidental release from the Wuhan Lab, although the Director denied it again. She’s a co-author on a paper in 2015, with Baric of UNC, where they are experimenting with coronaviruses in ‘increase of function’ genetic manipulation that certainly looks a lot like SARS-Cov-2. Not proof and maybe it is natural. In any case, those experiments should be halted everywhere in the World. I think it has… Read more »

Jack Garbo
Jack Garbo
Reply to  SteveK9
May 25, 2020

Exactly. Bioweaponry 101: 1. Kill the strong. 2. Have the cure.
So, sorry it’s natural.

Jack Garbo
Jack Garbo
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

Evidence? You are the only epidemiologist who holds this view. So, come on, enlighten us.

SteveK9
SteveK9
May 25, 2020

WHO has become a front for the pharma/vaccine companies. It’s second largest contributor after the US Government, is Bill Gates, for the love of God. ~ $232M. Anything Trump says about WHO is OK with me. I don’t care if it’s lies from end to end. Fight lies with lies if that’s all that works with the moronic public. Destroying the WHO would improve world health.

Jack Garbo
Jack Garbo
Reply to  SteveK9
May 25, 2020

You’re OK with lies. So no truth for you. Yep, a Trumptard to the bone.

John Ellis
John Ellis
May 25, 2020

Trump was put into power by a majority of American voters who happen to love fiction. For promoting fiction is the only way to achieve their main goal in life, namely, an intelligence dictatorship where everyone is allowed to enrich themselves upon the misery of those who have less education, less wealth or less whiteness of skin. Now you can sit here and fanaticize that this is the result of a defect in evolution, which is pure futility. Because if it were true, than destiny gives us no choice but to hope that global warming finalizes in some future generation.… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

China is not impressed by US empty threats. China has a stable and trusted ally in Russia.

TASS reports:

https://tass.com/world/1159765

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

Russian-Chinese anti-coronavirus cooperation will enhance ties – Wang Yi — China is working with Russia in order to turn the crisis into an opportunity, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said — BEIJING, May 24. /TASS/. Russian-Chinese cooperation in the anti-coronavirus fight will help create an impetus for boosting bilateral ties, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a press conference on the sidelines of the 3rd session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) on Sunday. “No doubt, cooperation between the two countries in combating the virus will give a powerful impetus for enhancing bilateral… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

Besides worried US citizens, nobody else worldwide really cares whether President Trump likes China or not. The world loves China and does business with China. The Chinese economy is on the rise:

https://www.beltandroad.news/2020/05/25/china-to-dominate-global-economy/

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

China to Dominate Global Economy — By Current Affairs Correspondent East Asia -May 25, 2020 — For China, money is not a problem. The only question is: where should it be spent? China is spending a lot of money right now. Chinese cash is going towards acquisition. It is buying stressed companies globally. A perfect case is China’s latest acquisition of Norwegian Air. It is Norway’s largest airline and is now partly owned by China. Technically, it is an indirect acquisition. Norwegian air was struggling and was about to run out of cash. The company said that by mid-May it… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

Asian countries are kissing off the US and prefer dealing with China, because China is a trustworthy and reliable partner. The US cannot be trusted at all. They are telling lies, breaking laws, breaking contracts and using bio warfare weapons against innocent people.

https://www.beltandroad.news/2020/05/25/china-a-trustworthy-partner/

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
May 25, 2020

China a Trustworthy Partner — By Belt & Road News -May 25, 2020 — China has proved to be a trustworthy partner during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kyrgyz Political Expert Aibolot Aidosov, Director of the Public Foundation of the Kyrgyz Media Center said. Noting that China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) will play a role in helping reviving the global economy after the pandemic. China was able to localise the spread of the virus in less than three months. “The countermeasures system, which was developed by Chinese experts during its fight against the epidemic, is now successfully applied in many countries… Read more »

John Ellis
John Ellis
May 25, 2020

Be it the economy, politics, capitalism or organized sports, competition destroys all hope of peace and security, as it creates an intelligence dictatorship. A rich nobility paradise actually, as brains like sex appeal pass from father to son.

Olivia Kroth
May 26, 2020

WHO praises China’s openness in Covid-19 outbreak:

World’s Top Legal Expert on Torture Identifies U.S., UK, & Canadian, Govs., as the World’s Top Torturers

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