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Chinese Communist Subversion of WHO Undermined Global Pandemic Response

News Analysis The World Health Organization (WHO) is facing a flurry of criticism for its response to the

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The CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan around November 2019, before spreading across China and the world.

As of April 14, there are some 2 million confirmed cases of the virus, which causes the disease COVID-19. Almost 130,000 deaths have since been attributed to the disease worldwide.

The WHO has said that Chinese authorities first informed it about the outbreak on Dec. 31, 2019. While that would have been a golden opportunity to mitigate the spread of the virus worldwide, the WHO conveyed none of its information to the world that day.

It appears that only one country had its ear close enough to the ground at that point to respond meaningfully—Taiwan.

By Dec. 31, the island nation off the coast of mainland China had already started monitoring travelers coming on flights from Wuhan. Taiwan authorities also told the WHO that day that Taiwanese doctors had learned from their mainland counterparts that health care workers had been falling ill with the mysterious new virus.

That was crucial information, since it indicated the virus was spreading from person to person. The WHO, however, ignored it, Taiwan officials later said.

It was to be expected of the WHO to ignore that warning. The CCP considers Taiwan a breakaway province and has pressed the U.N. to ignore Taiwan’s existence as an independent country.

Taiwan has been denied membership in the WHO, whose personnel are prohibited from using documents or even information from official Taiwan sources without prior special permission, according to a leaked 2010 WHO memo.

Such permission would involve “coordination with the Permanent [UN] Mission of China in Geneva,” the memo stated.

While Taiwan was getting its response to the virus underway, the situation in Wuhan was quickly deteriorating.

On Jan. 2, The Epoch Times reported on the efforts of the CCP to block information about the outbreak and the high levels of anxiety spreading throughout the city.

A Wuhan Health Commission directive prohibited all medical facilities in the city “from publicizing medical information without permission,” and online discussions about the outbreak were quickly censored. On Jan. 1, Wuhan police said that they had detained eight locals who had spread “rumors” about the outbreak.

As it turned out, at least some of the suppressed whistleblowers were doctors who had tried to warn colleagues about the new virus.

Panicked locals cleared Wuhan pharmacies of surgical masks and over-the-counter preventive Chinese medicines. China expert and physician Tang Jingyuan warned a government coverup might exacerbate the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the WHO remained silent.

By Jan. 3, the WHO was informed by Chinese authorities of 44 cases, 11 of them severe. That was likely the tip of the iceberg.

On Jan. 5, The Epoch Times reported, citing multiple experts, that the CCP had likely been covering up information about the virus, which was detrimental to controlling the outbreak.

That day, the WHO commented for the first time about the outbreak,  disclosing that it had known about an outbreak of a “pneumonia of unknown cause” in Wuhan for five days and recommending that it should be “handled prudently.” But the agency didn’t recommend “any specific measures for travelers.”

Instead, it did the opposite.

“WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on the information currently available on this event,” it said.

Five days later, the WHO addressed the outbreak again.

“From the currently available information, preliminary investigation suggests that there is no significant human-to-human transmission, and no infections among health care workers have occurred,” the agency stated, contradicting information that had been provided by Taiwan.

“WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travelers,” WHO said. It instead released general information on how to deal with virus infections.

On Jan. 12, WHO said there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission,” slightly adjusting its language.

“Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission,” WHO announced two days later, never expressing a shadow of a doubt about the Chinese communist regime’s official statements.

At this time, Taiwan had already arranged for its own fact-finding team to travel to Wuhan.

“They didn’t let us see what they didn’t want us to see, but our experts sensed the situation was not optimistic,” Taiwanese government spokesperson Kolas Yotaka told NBC News.

Soon after the team returned, Taiwan initiated testing and reporting requirements for its hospitals.

“Looking after itself, not listening to the WHO in this particular case, I think actually helped,” said Dr. William Stanton, vice president of the National Yang-Ming University of Taiwan and a former U.S. ambassador to China, in a recent interview with The Epoch Times’ Jan Jekielek.

The WHO only managed to get its team to Wuhan for “a brief field visit” on Jan. 20.

On Jan. 17, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent personnel to screen travelers coming from Wuhan to three major U.S. airports—JFK, Los Angeles International, and San Francisco International, which were getting the highest traffic from the outbreak’s epicenter. More airports were added to the list in subsequent weeks.

On Jan. 20, China confirmed human-to-human transmission.

On Jan. 23, the day the CCP put Wuhan on lockdown, the WHO announced that, despite some internal disagreements, it wouldn’t declare the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.”

By then, cases had already started to crop up around the world, including in the United States.

Three days later, Taiwan banned flights from Wuhan and arranged special flights to return its people from the city.

On Jan. 28, while visiting China, the WHO’s Tedros urged the countries of the world “to remain calm and not to overreact,” expressing confidence in the CCP’s epidemic control, Chinese state-run media reported.

On Feb. 3, three days after President Donald Trump prohibited foreigners who had recently been in China from traveling to the United States, Tedros voiced opposition to travel bans, saying measures that would “unnecessarily interfere with travel and trade” weren’t needed.

In a March 20 tweet, Tedros repeated CCP propaganda, saying that “for the first time, #China has reported no domestic #COVID19 cases yesterday.” While for China experts, the news all but confirmed that the CCP numbers were fake, Tedros touted it as “an amazing achievement, that gives us all reassurance that the #coronavirus can be beaten.”

Tedros, however, repeatedly praised China for “transparency” in its response to the outbreak—something experts and government officials around the world have emphasized as being the most lacking.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit established in the 1990s by the U.S. government, published on April 10 a detailed timeline of the CCP’s coverup of the epidemic and of the WHO’s culpability in it. The organization also announced it would be adding the global CCP virus deaths to the historical death toll of communism.

“The WHO has abdicated its responsibility to the entire world population in order to carry water for the Chinese Communist regime,”  the foundation’s executive director, Marion Smith, said in a release.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-communist-subversion-of-who-undermined-global-pandemic-response_3313092.html

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Topolcats
Topolcats
April 19, 2020

I am disappointed that an extreme right-wing publication funded by the CIA. That being this article from the Epoch Times AKA Falun Gong is being propagated on this site. However, it comes as no suprise!

BobValdez
BobValdez
Reply to  Topolcats
April 19, 2020

Agreed.

Olivia Kroth
April 19, 2020

The Epoch Times is a CIA front and not trustworthy.
The US Secret Services had this biowarfare virus implanted in China.

Modus Operandi
Modus Operandi
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

Well, they successfully injected their own RNA into most every major western media outlet, so that wouldn’t be much of a stretch, would it?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

XINHUA: China urges U.S. officials to stop spreading conspiracy theories: FM spokesperson — Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-20 21:09:35|Editor: huaxia The conspiracy theories peddled by some U.S. individuals can only disrupt scientific research and the cooperation between scientists of the two countries, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson while commenting on the claims of some U.S. officials that the COVID-19 virus originated from a Wuhan virology lab. — BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) — A Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday urged certain U.S. officials to respect the facts, science and the international consensus, and stop spreading conspiracy theories surrounding the origin of the… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

CHINA DAILY: Washington out to subvert another vital global body — By Tom Fowdy | China Daily | Updated: 2020-04-20 07:17 The United States president announced on Tuesday that he was withholding US funding for the World Health Organization, claiming that the global health body has “failed” in its duty to advise the world in combating the novel coronavirus pandemic and that it was “too trusting of China”. This is nothing but a cheap political ploy by the White House to distract the public away from his administration’s disastrous response to the pandemic, and a U-turn on his own praise… Read more »

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
April 19, 2020

Another Sinophobia article.

John Ellis
John Ellis
April 19, 2020

While China’s socialism has done all it could to overcome the carona-virus,
capitalism in Empire USA has strived to maximized the virus to increase profit.

ToivoS
ToivoS
April 19, 2020

Why is The Duran posting these extreme anti-Chinese propaganda pieces without comment? It has been repeatedly pointed out that the Epoch Times is a Falun Gong outlet — this is religious cult, located in the US and supported by extreme right wing forces that has about as much credibility as the anti-Iranian MEK. Are these paid for infomercials?

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  ToivoS
April 19, 2020

My guess is that being Greek run. Corruption is second nature to hellinics! That’s not a secret! I don’t trust this site or it 2 adonis like CIA trojans!

Topolcats
Topolcats
April 19, 2020

Greeks are easily bought. You can see how Tsipas easily sold Greece out. Why would you expect anything more fron Greek run websites? There is a saying in Australia. Greeks when it comes to money are like water and oil. They do not mix. Theduran is selling out to the deep state as we speak!

paul
paul
Reply to  Topolcats
April 19, 2020

Beware of Greeks peddling anti China smear garbage from CIA front groups. The Falun Gong are a cross between the Moonies and the Scientologists with bit of Waco tossed in. The bloviating Orange Baboon in the White House has caused the deaths of thousands of New Yorkers through his incompetence and procrastination. He has now reverted to type, casting around for scapegoats to blame. Anyone will do, China, Russia, Iran, WHO, whoever. Just don’t blame the Orange Faggot. Shame to see Duran peddling this garbage (yet again), but we are starting to get used to it. Soon it will just… Read more »

ToivoS
ToivoS
Reply to  paul
April 20, 2020

Oh please. This kind of anti-Greek stereotyping is not needed. I have developed utmost respect for the two Alex’s over the past few years. Having said that there is something strange happening here right now that Falun Gong has gained some kind of a foothold. I do hope that they can provide us with some kind of explanation for what they are doing.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  ToivoS
April 20, 2020

I also have respect for Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris. They are both very good and decent journalists.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

On one vid. I heard Mercouris state his forever loyalty to Regina and to the British Crown. I started to get suspicious from that time on.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Topolcats
April 20, 2020

Alexander Mercouris lives in London. He is a UK citizen and a conservative. He says he is a “loyal subject of Her Majesty”. It is his position.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

I am Australian, a former lawyer also. As far I am concerned the Queen can get stuffed! You cannot trust royalists or conservatives to do anything but approve of opium sales to China & to support wars. You should know that! Yes I know that is his position, that is WHY he cannot be trusted!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Topolcats
April 20, 2020

We are all free to make up our minds. You are an Australian and have your view. Alexander Mercouris is Greek and British, he is also entitled to his opinion. It is a free world, no directives or guidelines needed. Anybody who does not like the DURAN might search for another media to read.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

Well, when you become a dictator with power over me you can tell me what to do!
Until then stick your authoritarian instinct where the sun don’t shine!

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

Until you become a dictator and have power over me, may I suggest that you control your authoritarian instincts and control your sociopathic opinions to yourself!

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  ToivoS
April 20, 2020

I have enormous respect for “The Saker” and “Moon over Alabama” even elements of the UNZ website. However, I have always been suspicious of Greek Americans and English Greeks that pledge everlasting fidelity to the Queen of England. I do understand Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.. is GREEK! I mean what could go wrong? Say like letting the CIA post falun gong propaganda on their website?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Topolcats
April 20, 2020

Prince Philipp is of Danish and Greek origin.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

WIKIPEDIA:

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, 10 June 1921) —

Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

And the point is???????

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

And the point is???????
A much more relevant rebuttal would be to address the key points”
1. I have always been suspicious of Greek Americans and English Greeks that pledge everlasting fidelity to the Queen of England.
2. I mean what could go wrong? Say like letting the CIA post falun gong propaganda on their website?
Yet, you address the trivial dual bloodline of that racist, Yes to make you happy Half Grek half dane Prince Philip! Happy now?

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

What is the relevance of this post actually? Perhaps you go down a little bit more on his ancetry and find some persian?

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  paul
April 20, 2020

Yes, money is a great incentive to sell out. Sometimes I can’t blame people for that. But then again I don’t virtue signal like these two. Remember that US puppet Boris Yeltsin selling Cyrus the S300 in 1997. Then Cyrus gave the S300 to Greece who promptly gave it to America via Israel. That is complete duplicity on behalf of the Greek Gov. I also wonder why up to now, BROKE Greece has never ever defaulted in paying Nato what Trump has asked for. The only conclusion is that Greece is a complete US puppet state. So No Greece can… Read more »

Brian
Brian
April 20, 2020

Sorry guys. But this ‘Chinese communist subversion’ is total epoch nonsense . FYI epoch Times is Falun Gong. With s real subversive agenda in China

John Doran
John Doran
April 20, 2020

there are several layers to this crock.
The Duran, I have ALWAYS found to be honest & Alexander Mercouris’ knowledge And analysis is great.
They have published this piece WITHOUT comment, perhaps as a test of how adult & intelligent is their audience, perhaps as a source of income also? Who knows?
Every site needs a source of income, & perhaps they got fed up flogging mugs?
Tip: the polo shirts are excellent.
John Doran.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  John Doran
April 20, 2020

This is a sensible post. Money is important we can see that in America’s response in relation to people lives vs the economy. We see antiwardotCom being funded by Reuters. So why be surprised that Duran will take money from Falun Gong?
What next fund from Soros? Oh yes indeed, integrity? Yes, human frailty but into in itself deception funded by the CIA in posting this propaganda piece!

John Doran
John Doran
April 20, 2020

The Coronapanic is a crock.
Stats are showing NO extra deaths: Covid-19 is showing as an ordinary winter flu, same as we see EVERY winter. Bottom line: the Coronapanic is a media panic.
It is eerily akin to the equally false warming/climate panic: baseless in fact, pure hype in truth.
JD.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  John Doran
April 20, 2020

The loss of millions of jobs and the suffering that entails to families is enormous.!
Suffering by the millions of jobless is in fact enough that the Corvid19 is deadly serious! And by pure cause and effect alone devastating to mankind. I suspect it was a planned infection from the USA as an escalation to the trade war. America has motive to destroy Chinas economy. But it backfired as so many of wars American has executed has been proven to be the case.

John Doran
John Doran
April 20, 2020

http://www.on.rt.com/advo

UK: NO EXTRA DEATHS.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  John Doran
April 20, 2020

You don’t have to die from Corvid. You can die from stress, suicides, crime, drugs etc etc etc !
Losing millions of jobs will do it to you every time! How do you feed your family, pay the mortgage, car payments? I am safe, are you?

John Doran
John Doran
April 20, 2020

This site can’t be reached: probably posting too much truth, russiatoday,com

John Doran
John Doran
April 20, 2020

One important point to bear in mind is that Communism was bankrolled by International Banksters.
1917, in the middle of WWI a cabal of US & European Banksters delivered Lenin & Trotsky to Russia with $50,000,000 & hundreds of fellow revolutionaries.
Just like they bankrolled Hitler & his Nazis.
Book: Pawns In The Game by WWII Canadian naval intelligence officer William Guy Carr.

The Banksters want us dumb humans fighting & killing each other while paying them interest on war loans.

Book can be read online free:
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/pawns_inthegame/pawns_contents.htm
The Lenin/Trotsky episode is in chapter 9.
JD.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  John Doran
April 20, 2020

Yes, Banksters also bankrolled Sept 11… to ensure capital profits on the war on terror.

Topolcats
Topolcats
Reply to  Topolcats
April 20, 2020

Before you call me a conspiracy theorist. Let me explain what a conspiracy is under common law.
“The crime of conspiracy requires an agreement between two or more persons to commit an unlawful act with the intention of carrying it out. It is the intention to carry out the crime which constitutes the necessary mens rea for the offence: Yip Chiu-Cheung v R (1994) 99 Cr App R 406 at 410, per Lord Griffiths; R v Wilson (unrep, 12/08/94, NSWCCA).”

Conspiracy has been around since the Devil seduced Adam and Eve to go against gods will. Get it now???????

Systems Analyst
Systems Analyst
April 20, 2020

Right, a trillion dollars a year dedicated to creating and fighting imaginary foes and a pittance to a previously identified potential for pandemics had nothing to do with it. LOL

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