CNN Reports On Leaked Chinese Documents Showing Inconsistencies In Pandemic’s Early Days; Tedros Tells Nations To Not Politicize Hunt For Coronavirus Origins

CNN: The Wuhan files: Leaked documents reveal China’s mishandling of the early stages of Covid-19
“…Taken together, the [leaked] documents amount to the most significant leak from inside China since the beginning of the pandemic and provide the first clear window into what local authorities knew internally and when. The Chinese government has steadfastly rejected accusations made by the United States and other Western governments that it deliberately concealed information relating to the virus, maintaining that it has been upfront since the beginning of the outbreak. However, though the documents provide no evidence of a deliberate attempt to obfuscate findings, they do reveal numerous inconsistencies in what authorities believed to be happening and what was revealed to the public…” (Walsh, 12/1).

Reuters: WHO’s Tedros says ‘Let’s not politicize probe of virus origins’
“The World Health Organization’s director general urged countries on Monday not to politicize the hunt for the origins of the novel coronavirus as that would create barriers to learning the truth. ‘We need to know the origin of this virus because it can help us to prevent future outbreaks,’ WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a daily briefing…” (Farge et al., 11/30).

Additional coverage of the leaked documents and reports of China providing its coronavirus vaccine to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is available from The Hill and Reuters.

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