AP Investigation Examines Coronavirus Test Shortages, Flaws In China Associated With Deals Made By Country’s Officials
AP: China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms
“Secrecy and cronyism at China’s top disease control agency led to widespread test shortages and flaws that hampered the early response to the coronavirus outbreak, an Associated Press investigation has found. China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention gave test kit designs and distribution rights exclusively to three then-obscure Shanghai companies with which officials had personal ties, according to the investigation. It was based on interviews with more than 40 doctors, CDC employees, health experts, and industry insiders, as well as hundreds of internal documents, contracts, messages, and emails…” (Kang, 12/3).