CHINA ADVISER CLAIMS BEIJING DIDN’T WASTE RESPONDING TO COVID
There had been initial "hesitation" while trying to find out more about the coronavirus and avoid a "false alarm," the head of a Chinese think tank has told Deutsche Welle’s Conflict Zone, Tim Sebastian reported.
"At the beginning, nobody knew this was deadly, this is going to be a pandemic, this is going to sweep the world. Nobody knows about that. So, they have to be careful in claiming it's such a deadly disease," Wang Huiyao said.
Sebastian raised the case of Dr. Li Wenliang, who had been pressured by local officials over his warnings about the threat of the virus. Li later died of the disease.
Wang admitted Dr. Li had perhaps "had some initial pressures," but "when the government realized this is a deadly disease, they wasted no time."
Li was actually punished for “spreading rumors” as Wuhan officials refused to admit there were many cases of “pneumonic plague,” as Dr. Li described them.
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