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WHO impressed by Chinese response to coronavirus outbreak

The rigour of China’s social system seems to be passing the stern test presented by this public health emergency

epa08174557 Production workers of Jiangsu Shuoshi Biotechnology Co. Ltd. carry out work on a new coronavirus (2019) nucleic acid detection kit (fluorescence PCR) in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, 29 January 2020. The death toll from the outbreak of coronavirus in China has reached 132 and infected more than 6000 others, according to media reports. EPA/STRINGER CHINA OUT

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Padraig McGrath, political analyst…

On July 1st 1941, the Soviet Politburo created the Council for Evacuations, an emergency governing body tasked with organizing the evacuation of people, food, farm-livestock, other goods and entire factory complexes to the Urals region before they could be captured or requisitioned by the advancing Wehrmacht. The deputy-chairman of this committee, a 37 year-old bureaucrat named Alexei Kosygin, was given special responsibility for the evacuation of factories, with a priority placed on industries connected to the Soviet military-industrial complex.

Between July and November 1941, he succeeded in expediting the evacuation of no fewer than 1,300 entire factory complexes, and their rapid reassembly and re-commencement of production. One such factory was #183 in Kramatorsk, which employed 60,000 workers for 24-hour tank-production. The factory was still operational in Kramatorsk in October 1941, was evacuated in November, and resumed full production in Chelyabinsk in December. Kosygin went on to have a long and illustrious Politburo career – minister for light industry, minister for finance, architect of the 1965 economic reforms package, chairman of GOSPLAN, and Chairman of the Council of Ministers (official Soviet head of state) for 15 years before his death in 1980.

The Chinese government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak might not quite match those Herculean feats of crisis-management, but the news of the past few days is nonetheless somewhat reminiscent of Kosygin’s achievements. In Geneva on January 29th, the World Health Organization team assembled to address the coronavirus outbreak gave a glowing assessment of the Chinese government’s response to the crisis.

Dr. Maria Van Der Kerkhove of the WHO stated that one of the reasons why the growth in coronavirus diagnoses has been so rapid is because the Chinese government had published a full genome-mapping of the new variant within days of the initial outbreak, making diagnosis easier. This is possible partially because China has been producing an academic golden generation of doctoral candidates in the biological sciences over the past 15-20 years. China has got an absolutely massive academic talent-pool in the life-sciences, especially in molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry.

In other words, Dr. Van Der Kerkhove argued, the rapid increase in newly diagnosed cases should be interpreted as a positive rather than as a negative, insofar as it was an indicator of the proficiency of the Chinese response.

It is historically unprecedented that the entire genome-sequence of a new virus is published within days of the virus’ first appearance.

Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, stated that “China and Chinese scientists have performed probably the most rapid characterization of a novel pathogen in history, and that was shared immediately. Multiple sequences were shared immediately on global platforms.”

Previously Dr. Ryan had commented on his visit to China in the previous days, stating that “China is doing the right things, and China is responding in a massive way….What I took away from that mission was the absolute, relentless and focused determination of the government of China to put the health of people in China ahead of anything else at this point, and to take what are significant economic and other hits in order to put the health of people first. The levels of meetings, the numbers of meetings and the attendance at those meetings was unprecedented in my memory in terms of a government’s commitment to do that….”

Answering concerns raised by a Bloomberg correspondent regarding the transparency of the Chinese government’s response, Dr. Ryan described the Wuhan regional government’s response and dissemination of information as “state of the art,” saying that the Wuhan government’s public website had declared a red alert extremely early, and that an extremely impressive quantity of new information contained in their daily updates had been published since December 31st/January 1st. Dr. Ryan said “I was involved in 2002/2003 in SARS, and I can tell you from direct operational experience that there is no comparison between the behaviour of China then and the behaviour of China now.”

He described the responses of all countries which had been affected thus far, including China, as “remarkably transparent.”

So, a glib western journalist asks a cheap propagandist’s question, and promptly gets his head handed to him.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom said that he had been in almost daily contact with Chinese health minister Ma Xiaowei, and that during his meetings with Minister Ma, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, he had been “very encouraged and impressed by the president’s detailed knowledge of the outbreak and his personal involvement in the response. This was for me a very rare leadership.”

While reports of the Chinese government building 2 specialized hospitals for the treatment of coronavirus in only 48 hours have been somewhat exaggerated, the scale and rapidity of the Chinese government’s infrastructural response to the crisis is still staggering. We already know that in most reasonably well-governed countries, the defence ministry has a ready-made contingency-plan for almost every imaginable hypothetical national emergency situation. This makes rapid response and implementation of emergency-measures possible. Just take the plan off the shelf, and do it! If we are to take the last few days as evidence, it turns out that in China, the Health Ministry also has ready-made and well devised contingency-plans for almost every imaginable public health emergency.

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Anon
Anon
January 30, 2020

Really ?

Talal Yafi
Talal Yafi
Reply to  Anon
January 30, 2020

Amazing and miraculous system which may save humanity in the future and now

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
January 30, 2020

The WHO was impressed! Translation: someone got money. Lots of it. As with previous familiar scenarios involving SARS, Swine Flu and Ebola. It’s now a pattern: big money is instantly demanded for ASAP vaccines to contain the huge threat, and once the money is raised and dispensed, the news dies out and you don’t hear anymore about it. Propaganda and hysteria much? Isolate and damage China? And let’s not forget that every new health “crisis” or “emergency” is yet another opportunity for enforced vaccinations. Coronavirus responds well to increased vitamins C and D uptake, also zinc, oregano oil, d-mannose supplementation…… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Paul Martin
January 31, 2020

“Isolate and damage China”? Yes, of course. Russia had to close its borders to China because of the virus, no transit allowed at the moment! Flights from Russia to China and vice versa cancelled. You bet there is someone who planned all of this. China, its neighbouring countries and friends including Russia, are being damaged. And we keep wondering WHO had a hand in this? Really?

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
January 31, 2020

Not to mention: we also have a huge plague of locusts hitting Africa’s breadbasket region at the same time as China fights a pandemic. Coincidence?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Paul Martin
February 2, 2020

Africa is hit constantly. The AIDS virus imported by CIA into South Africa. Coincidence? WHO WHO WHO knows about that? Hm?

Amarka
Amarka
January 31, 2020

Hub staff report / Published March 1, 2019 The U.S. government is quietly funding controversial scientific research to create airborne versions of highly infectious diseases, and the results of an experimental accident could be catastrophic, two public health researchers write in an op-ed published by The Washington Post today. ………………….”Amazingly, despite the potential public-health consequences of such work, neither the approval nor the deliberations or judgements that supported it were announced publicly,” Inglesby and Lipsitch write. “The government confirmed them only when a reporter learned about them through non-official channels.” They add that this kind of research is “not ordinary… Read more »

George Hartwell
George Hartwell
January 31, 2020

If China’sresponse is, in fact, impressive, dedicated and well-organized, then, in time, the slack, sloppy and poorly-organized response in Canada, USA or UK will become glaringly obvious. Canada is thinking about as clearly as the politically correct ‘thinker’ who leads the country. We do not have plans from careful monitoring or quarantine of evacuees from China.

Olivia Kroth
February 2, 2020

WHO like WADA are both western imperialist tools to punish those they do not like. All this blown-up attention about a virus, good God! Where was WHO when the CIA spread the AIDS virus in South Africa? Where oh where were they?

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