While WHO Praised China, Beijing Withheld Critical Coronavirus Data

Article Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/china-who-coronavirus_ca_5ed64ef1c5b6ce87e4781d98

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Throughout January, the World Health Organization (WHO) publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the novel coronavirus. It repeatedly thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately,” and said its work and commitment to transparency were “very impressive, and beyond words.” But behind the scenes, it was a much different story, one of significant delays by China and considerable frustration among WHO officials over not getting the information they needed to fight the spread of the deadly virus, The Associated Press (AP) has found. Despite the plaudits, China in fact sat on releasing the genetic map, or genome, of the virus for more than a week after three different government labs had fully decoded the information.