世卫与中共秘密协议曝光 “病毒溯源”惹质疑

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世卫与中共秘密协议曝光 “病毒溯源”惹质疑
日内瓦世卫组织总部

【新唐人北京时间2020年11月03日讯】中共病毒在全球肆虐近一年,令各国损失惨重。被指责勾结中共瞒疫的世界卫生组织(WHO),近日召集国际专家与中国专家网络会议,正式启动疫情溯源调查。但有美媒揭露,世卫高层和中共私下达成秘密协议,放弃在关键问题上的调查控制权。

自由亚洲电台2日报导说,世卫组织国际专家组与中国专家日前举行了中共病毒病毒溯源的首次视频交流会,标志着中外联合专家组正式启动对病毒的溯源调查。

调查组计划前往疫情的首个重灾区湖北武汉,但具体时间仍不确定。

世卫组织卫生紧急项目执行主任瑞安(Mike Ryan)10月30日称,这次网络会议是世卫组织在这个“充满了毒性的政治环境”中迈出的重要一步。

所谓的“毒性政治环境”显然是指全球疫情已经被高度政治化的现实。

中共官员在疫情爆发初期隐瞒了真相,使各国丧失了制定防疫措施的宝贵时间,最终导致病毒肆虐全球。但中共当局宣称,它们向国际社会通报了疫情信息。

自由亚洲电台的报导引述消息披露,中共如何控制了世卫组织对病毒源头的调查。该调查是获取内部文件以及对数十名外交官、科学家和公共卫生官员的采访得出的结论。调查中揭露,世卫组织为了获得进入中共开展调查的机会,对北京当局作出了一系列让步。

其中一些从未公开的内部文件说,中共近期批准了一份外部调查人员的名单。作为对中方的回报,世卫组织同意让中方科学家主持关键部分的调查工作,包括国内首批患者和武汉华南海鲜市场在疫情传播中扮演的角色。

文件还显示,世卫国际专家组将审查并“扩充,而不是重复”中方开展的研究。而世卫组织前法律顾问布尔奇(Gian Luca Burci)则称,世卫组织把获准进入中国列为优先事项,但如果对此事刨根问底,他们就会失去软实力。

时政评论人士横河分析说,上述信息充分表明,世卫组织在中国开展的病毒溯源工作就是一场“政治作秀”。意味着世卫组织的溯源调查就是在做一场公关,以此试图减少外界对它的指责,而这家机构对于这项调查没有任何兴趣。

世卫组织(WHO)总干事谭德塞和习近平在北京会面。

根据此前报导,中共病毒疫情去年12月底在武汉爆发,一直在为中共宣传的世卫组织,虽然在去年12月31日已经接获台湾方面的警告,但是直到1月21日,才称该病毒可以人传人。

1月30日,世卫组织宣布该病毒的扩散是“国际关注的突发公共卫生事件”;随后拖了一个半月后,直到3月11日将该疫情定为大流行病。对许多国家来说,WHO的宣布为时已晚。

《BBC》中文网早前在脸书上发布1段影片,盘点WHO总干事谭德塞与中共联合,频频谎报武汉疫情,直致酿成一场世纪大瘟疫。

影片显示,在中国疫情大爆发,湖北省多市被迫封城当天(1月23日),谭德塞公开夸赞中共分享疫情信息非常及时,及时采取相应措施,展现出相当高的透明度。

到1月31日疫情扩散至中国全境,各国急撤侨并发布旅游禁令之后,谭德塞称,世卫反对任何针对中国的旅游及贸易限制。

到2月11日和12日,疫情几乎扩散全球时,谭德塞又接连声称,中国以外的疫情传播可能‘冰山一角’,必须团结对抗病毒,确保疫情不会失控。并把这项病毒视为头号公敌。

2月15日,在德国慕尼黑安全会议上,谭德赛说,中共为世界防控疫情赢得了时间。一下子把中共从祸害世界的病毒发源地变成抗疫第一国。

2月21日,谭德塞说,“中国新增病例持续减少,趋势令人鼓舞。”而各国确诊数字不断攀升。

而在舆论质疑世卫是否该将疫情宣布为“全球大流行 (Pandmic)”时,谭德塞却说,“现在使用大流行一词不符合事实,肯定会引起恐慌。”

直到3月11日,面对全球不断攀升的感染病例及死亡人数,谭德塞终于改口承认,武汉肺炎“全球大流行”。

白宫抗疫小组协调人黛博拉·伯克斯(Deborah Birx)在一次简报会上则说,疫情爆发后,中共通报的数据让其他国家的专家以为这次疫情并不严重。

美联社此前获得知情人士提供的中共内部文件显示, 1月14日,中共卫健委主任马晓伟召开省级卫生官员的秘密电话会议,传达习近平等高层对疫情的指示,并称这次疫情 “严峻且复杂”,有可能发展成为“重大的公共卫生事件”。

在该秘密电话会议后,中共CDC于1月15日在内部启动最高级别的一级应急机制,启动了全国性的防疫计划,开展各项应对措施。但中共当时采取这些举动没有告知公众。

直到1月20日,习近平才针对疫情首次公开发表评论,流行病学专家钟南山才在中共官媒首次宣布该病毒可以在人与人之间传播。

1月28日,谭德塞飞往北京会见习近平,却大赞习“亲自指挥、亲自部署,展示出卓越的领导力”。在谭德塞的宣传下,中共从隐瞒疫情、传播病毒的元凶,变成了抗疫的英雄和模范。

美国参、众两院3月下旬提出一项类似决议,敦促谭德塞不要不切实际地表扬中共政府应对中共病毒的措施。

同时,多名国会议员呼吁谭德塞下台。而透过网路请愿平台要求谭德塞辞去WHO秘书长的连署,全球已经超过百万人支持。

中国共产党掩蓋病毒爆发的事实:時間表

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中國共產黨如何將COVID-19誤認為世界,並利用世界衛生組織作為宣傳手段

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自2019年末出現以來,中華人民共和國及其執政的中國共產黨(CCP)就已經就冠狀病毒對世界產生了欺騙。在這種情況下,共產主義受害者紀念基金會將時間表和事實與中國正在進行的活動進行了比較關于冠狀病毒起源,性質和傳播的虛假宣傳運動。本摘要還說明了世界衛生組織(WHO)如何促進和幫助使中國的虛假主張合法化。

中國欺騙的後果和世界衛生組織的信任現在正在全球範圍內蔓延。通常很難將責任歸屬於負責確保在任何大流行中確保公共衛生的政府和組織,但是冠狀病毒(COVID-19)大流行在本質上是不同的。不管是在中國境內還是境外,對信息的拒絕,徹頭徹尾的捏造以及對人類生命的無視,都令人震驚和無處不在,以致全世界數百萬人感染該病毒,不僅造成可預見的死亡人數,而且是完全可以避免的。

如果中國共產黨採取早期步驟警告世界而不是掩蓋其蔓延,並且如果世界衛生組織只是對中國的主張提出質疑或警告,那麼危害將大大減少。相反,中國的行動和世衛組織的無所作為引發了一場大流行,導致了全球經濟危機和越來越多的人命損失。

為了公正起見,為防止未來再流行,必須通過要求經濟賠償和其他與人權有關的製裁來追究中華人民共和國的責任。中國也應被禁止加入世界衛生組織,而美國納稅人每年也要資助世界衛生組織,因此必須立即進行調查和改革。必須警告媒體,報導中國和世界衛生組織關於這種流行病的說法時,不應進行任何審查或背景調查,以免誤導公眾。

據全球專家稱,共產主義政權已導致全球1億多人死亡。1 目前尚無法確定當前大流行的最終人類死亡人數,但必須包括那些因新型冠狀病毒而喪命和滅亡的人—中國共產黨的受害者及其蓄意無視人類生命和自己的生命國際法律義務。

中國的早期欺騙(11月至1月中旬)

世界首次於2019年12月中旬在中部得知一種神秘的肺炎樣病毒,當時一位海鮮市場的57歲商人報告感到不適並去了一家診所。2  2020年1月9日,該病毒被中華人民共和國當局確認為“新型冠狀病毒”(SARS-CoV-2)。

但是最近的報導表明,第一起病例是在2019年11月17日在中國武漢記錄的-中國仍然不承認這一事實。儘管現成的資料和迅速蔓延爆發,花了兩個多月的中國告訴世界的是,冠狀病毒正在人類之間傳播,它終於承認上月該政權20 3,4 中華人民共和國知道人-於12月下旬向人類傳播,但下令銷毀證據。5 這些信息對於預防全球大流行至關重要。

中國共產黨主席習近平在2月3日表示,他於1月初“提出了預防和控制新型冠狀病毒性肺炎的要求”,但有證據表明,到那時,中國已刻意阻止為製止這種疾病而傳播必要的知識。疾病蔓延。6 值得注意的是,中共採取了早期措施,使中國的科學和衛生界人士無法公開有關該疾病的信息。7 這些行動延遲了世界對新型疾病的理解和應對。

警告冠狀病毒世界的李文亮博士被迫進行自我批評,後來於2020年2月7日死於該病毒。

中華人民共和國同時阻止了美國和世界衛生組織的外部衛生專家獨立核實有關武漢市衛生狀況的數據。對這些行動的最簡單的解釋是,中國正在掩蓋一場重大疫情,這給共產黨領導層帶來了尷尬。中共長期以來一直在國際衛生事務上誤導國際社會,特別是以前爆發過非典和艾滋病。8

到一月中旬,中國官方媒體聲稱該病毒是可以控制的。9 還有其他行動表明中國已經知道其他情況了。從同月開始,中國發起了一場掠奪性全球運動,從北美和歐洲採購醫療用品和設備以緊急運送到中國,這表明該病毒的傳播速度快於中國當局的認識。10 特別注意了個人防護設備,例如呼吸口罩和手套,這意味著中華人民共和國知道冠狀病毒正在人與人之間傳播,儘管它拒絕公開承認這一事實。11

世衛組織還早日意識到人與人之間的傳播。台灣在12月31向該機構強調了這一關切。12 第二天,世衛組織向中國詢問更多信息,但在1月14日,世衛組織仍在報告:“中國當局進行的初步調查未發現明顯的證據表明, -人類傳播。13,14

世衛組織絲毫沒有批評中國拒絕讓其核實中國的數據或竊取全球醫療物資。相反,世衛組織迅速用誇誇其談的方式讚揚中國,甚至稱他們“對正在進行的調查和應對措施的質量感到放心”。15 世衛組織還重申了中華人民共和國的主張,即儘管醫生從患者身上感染了冠狀病毒,但沒有人與人之間傳播的證據。直到1月23日,即中國承認這一事實後的三天,世衛組織一直保持著關於未經證實或有限的人際傳播性質的立場。16

中國造成全球大流行(1月中旬至3月中旬)

到中國官員承認冠狀病毒在人與人之間傳播時(他們已經知道的事實),它已經在亞洲,歐洲和北美傳播。在此期間,據報告中國的感染人數也迅速增加。17 但是,由於中國繼續嚴厲打擊言論自由並阻止獨立醫學調查,中國的感染和死亡人數統計被嚴重低估了。這進一步使世界陷入一種虛假的安全感。

從1月下旬開始,中國的壓迫活動顯著增加。據網民說,它拘留並失踪了獨立的中國記者,驅逐了外國記者,並關閉了某些地區的互聯網。 同時為18個州檢查員提供了從互聯網上刪除更多內容的更多權限。19 中共竭盡全力隱藏不僅在武漢而且在中國各地發生的事情。

許多中國公民冒著生命危險暴露共產黨政權的謊言。在1月下旬和2月初,市民記者陳秋石和營業員方斌在武漢發布了數十幅YouTube視頻,記錄圖像:醫院外面的長隊,悲痛的家庭和行李袋。“在我面前是病毒。邱氏在2月6日失踪前一周在一個視頻中說,我背後是中國的法律和行政權力。20 自2月9日發布他的上一個視頻以來,他再也沒有聽到過他的消息。

中共在國內進行掩蓋後,開始了一場全球虛假宣傳運動。從2月起,中國共產黨官員指責美國最初傳播該病毒,並有意將其種植在武漢。中國還開始將有故障的醫療用品和設備運往國外,其中包括已經收集了一些醫療資源的醫療設備。21 儘管通過保留有關冠狀病毒的重要信息而加劇了日益嚴重的全球危機,但中國仍力圖從地緣政治和經濟上從中受益。

習近平主席於2月初訪問了北京一個社區。(新華社美聯社

在此期間,世界衛生組織繼續吹捧中國的努力並散佈錯誤的數據。儘管直到2月下旬才允許世衛組織團隊進入疫情的中心武漢,但世衛組織官員在1月底讚揚了中國的透明與合作。22 拒絕質疑中國的行動可能會將世界衛生組織宣布全球大流行推遲至2020年3月11日,屆時大多數國家有效保護其公民為時已晚。

世衛組織繼續接受並重複中國的主張,但其他組織已開始承認事實。3月26日,白宮貿易顧問彼得·納瓦羅(Peter Navarro)表示,北京“沒有告訴我們12月初至12月中旬,新型新型冠狀病毒存在人與人之間的傳播危機。這使世界倒退了六個星期。” 23 白宮冠狀病毒特別工作組的Deborah Birx博士在3月31日表示,對這種病毒傳播進行建模的專家“從中國遺失了大量數據”,最引人注目的是在4月2日 ,《紐約時報》 報導自2月初以來,中央情報局就曾警告白宮,中國官員一直在“撒謊關於感染率,檢測和死亡人數的信息。” 24

中國弗洛特國際承諾(進行中)

中國是2005年國際衛生條例(IHR)的簽署國。《國際衛生條例》第6條和第7條特別要求成員國在評估後24小時之內將可能構成“國際關注的突發公共衛生事件”通知世衛組織。未能傳播有關傳染病的可靠信息是違反《國際衛生條例》的行為。25

中華人民共和國違反《條例》是有罪的,因為它沒有在11月和12月通知世衛組織該病毒的爆發。這也使中國醫生保持沉默,這些醫生公開發表了講話,並拒絕了美國疾病控制中心1月6日訪問武漢的提議,並推遲了WHO的流行病學調查援助提議。26 中國共產黨拒絕與國際夥伴合作,從一開始就故意進行掩蓋,儘管這意味著違反了條約義務。

世界衛生組織(WHO)總幹事Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus(Denis Balibouse /路透社

中共在武漢的案件數量繼續低估(可能是驚人的),甚至在3月中旬連續幾天都沒有新案件。中國的許多目擊者對fun儀館的負擔過重,法外處決,以及對信息自由流通的持續鎮壓,都提出了質疑。導致中國繼續誤傳的幾個因素:

  1. 尚未報告新病例。 當地居民對此進行了匯報,衛生專業人員描述了政治壓力,要求匯報好消息,並且不允許新的可能出現COVID-19的患者入院。27
  2. 眾所周知,中文測試套件不可靠。 至少有三個歐洲國家停止使用中國進口的測試,其錯誤率高達80%。28
  3. 無症狀的患者不計算在內。 中華人民共和國文件說,與全球標準相反,無症狀感染不被認為是確診病例。29
  4. 醫療隊被召回武漢。 備受吹捧的醫療隊撤離已悄然暫停,沒有令人滿意的官方解釋。30
  5. 大量的er葬缸。 當地殯儀館正在接受每天2500加骨灰棺材,31 儘管  在武漢中國官方死亡人數為2531。32 每日焚化量是平時的四到五倍。33
  6. 大量未經測試的冠狀病毒受害者。 大量未經證實的冠狀病毒症狀患者已經死亡,其屍體未經檢測就被焚化。34

世衛組織對這些問題保持沉默。它也沒有指出中國明顯違反了《 2005年國際衛生條例》。相反,世衛組織一再稱讚中國的“透明度”,儘管中國共產黨在每個階段都在欺騙和散佈,而且仍在這樣做。世衛組織於2020年4月8日發布的大流行事件時間表忽略了這種情況簡報中包含的許多關鍵事實,並顯示了世衛組織領導層為參加中共掩蓋行動所做的持續努力。

中國撒謊,人民死亡

中共的欺騙給人類造成了巨大的損失,全球有十萬多人因此喪生。整個國家都被關閉,經濟在萎縮,這表明全球危機可能會超過流行病本身。根據英國南安普敦大學的一項研究,如果北京在三週前採取了行動,那麼COVID-19病例的數量將減少95%,其地理範圍將受到嚴重限制,從而可以防止大流行。35

疾病控制和預防中心(CDC)首席副主任Anne Schuchat博士在2020年2月11日的新聞發布會上承認懷疑來自中國的報導不足。en.australia51

中共批評美國的政治體系沒有能力作出有效的反應,儘管美國一直是中國最大的單一國家捐助國,努力遏制COVID-19的擴散,並為美國提供了必要的支持。世衛組織,包括比其他任何國家都更高的資金水平。除了美國在2019年向世衛組織捐款4億美元外,美國36 還為64個國家/地區提供了2.74億美元的應急資金,以協助他們應對流感大流行。

為了對抗美國的領導地位,中國試圖轉移責任,並提高自己的國際地位。值得注意的是,中國也對這種病毒的來源撒謊,中共高級官員和國家控制的媒體都聲稱,美軍對冠狀病毒負責。37

中國還參與了一項全球宣傳運動,向中國爆發的大流行國家提供醫療援助。實際上,中共已將自己描繪成大流行期間的全球救星。然而,其所謂的“口罩外交”已導致向全球運送數千種有缺陷的補給品。包括捷克共和國,西班牙,荷蘭,土耳其,澳大利亞和菲律賓在內的許多國家已經召回了數十萬隻從中國進口的有故障的呼吸面罩和測試套件。更糟糕的是,中國繼續剝奪國際社會最重要的資產來應對和製止該病毒的傳播,即準確的信息。

儘管有證據表明中國提供了有故障的設備,但世界衛生組織仍對中國的援助運動表示讚賞。它再次呼應中國的宣傳路線,使其具有全球信譽,而不是應受到的批評。

政策建議

許多專家建議與中國加強接觸或合作,以解決當前的大流行並防止未來發生類似的危機,但是這種方法無視中共的明確記錄,認為中共是危險的不負責任的行為,對美國和全球健康與安全構成威脅,以及繁榮。40多年來,這都是事實。冠狀病毒大流行僅僅是最新證據。美國政策必鬚根據這種行為模式來製定。

至於世界衛生組織,它一直是“有用的白痴”,毫無疑問地重複了中共的宣傳。這不僅降低了其信譽,而且還導致了肆虐世界的大流行。世衛組織似乎不太可能承認中國在冠狀病毒大流行中的罪魁禍首,更不用說它自己的了。

中國國家主席習近平在武漢拜訪患者和醫護人員。(法新社和蓋蒂圖片社

這種情況需要有力而有原則的回應。美國官員應追求以下政策目標:

  • 美國應努力使中國從世界衛生組織正式加入。將中國視為維護世界健康的平等夥伴,使世衛組織被中國束縛,而無法完成其使命。
  • 美國應努力使台灣加入世界衛生組織,以抵消中國的壓力。事實證明,台灣是應對COVID-19危機的最負責任的國家之一。
  • 美國和其他國家應探索通過法律手段追究中華人民共和國對違反條約義務的責任,並尋求賠償因大流行而造成的經濟損失。
  • 美國應對中國實施更嚴格的製裁,特別是針對其侵犯人權行為的製裁,這在危機的開始和每個階段都促進了冠狀病毒的傳播。
  • 美國應與其他國家合作,要求對在中國武漢爆發的該病毒進行獨立調查。
  • 白宮應成立一個機構間辦公室,專門處理中國和中共的宣傳和外國影響活動。

冠狀病毒CCP掩蓋時間表和WHO合規性

在冠狀病毒大流行的每個階段,中華人民共和國和世界衛生組織的聲明都未能反映現實。共產主義受害者紀念基金會已編制了時間表,顯示了這些公然和危險的差異。

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THE CORONAVIRUS COVER-UP: A TIMELINE

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HOW THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY MISLED THE WORLD ABOUT COVID-19 AND IS USING THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION AS AN INSTRUMENT OF PROPAGANDA

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have deceived the world about the coronavirus since its appearance in late 2019. In this situation brief, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation compares the timeline and facts with China’s ongoing disinformation campaign about the coronavirus’ origins, nature, and spread. This brief also demonstrates how the World Health Organization (WHO) has promoted and helped legitimize China’s false claims.

The consequences of China’s deception and the WHO’s credulity are now playing out globally. It is normally difficult to assign culpability to governments and organizations charged with ensuring public health in any pandemic, but the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is materially different. The denial of information, outright fabrications, and disregard for human life—both within and outside of China’s borders—is so shocking and pervasive that the contracting of the virus by millions worldwide and the resultant death toll was not only foreseeable but entirely avoidable.

If the Chinese Communist Party had taken early steps to warn the world instead of covering up its spread, and if the WHO had simply questioned or cautioned against China’s assertions, the harm would have been significantly reduced. Instead, the PRC’s actions and WHO’s inaction precipitated a pandemic, leading to a global economic crisis and a growing loss of human life.

As a matter of justice, and to prevent future pandemics, the PRC must be held accountable through demands for economic reparations and other sanctions pertaining to human rights. China should also be suspended from full membership in the WHO and the WHO, which U.S. taxpayers fund annually, must be subject to immediate investigation and reform. Media organizations reporting on the claims of China and WHO regarding the pandemic without scrutiny or context must be cautioned against misleading the public.

Communist regimes have been responsible for the death of more than 100 million worldwide, according to global experts.1 The final human toll of the current pandemic cannot yet be determined, but those who have perished and will perish from the novel coronavirus must be included in that count—victims of the Chinese Communist Party and its willful disregard for both human life and its own international legal obligations.

CHINA’S EARLY DECEPTION (NOVEMBER – MID-JANUARY)

The world first learned about a mysterious pneumonia-like virus in Central China in mid-December 2019, when a 57-year-old merchant at a seafood market reported feeling ill and visited a clinic.2 On January 9, 2020, the virus was identified by PRC authorities as “a new type of coronavirus” (SARS-CoV-2).

But recent reporting indicates that the first case was recorded in Wuhan, China, on November 17, 2019—a fact still not acknowledged by the PRC. Despite readily available information and a rapidly spreading outbreak, it took more than two months for the PRC to inform the world that the coronavirus was being transmitted among humans, which the regime finally admitted on January 20.3,4 The PRC knew about human-to-human transmission by late December, yet ordered the evidence destroyed.5 Such information was vital to preventing the global pandemic.

Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping stated on February 3 that he “made requests for prevention and control of the new coronavirus pneumonia” in early January, but the evidence indicates that by then, the PRC had deliberately prevented the dissemination of knowledge necessary to stop the illness from spreading.6 Notably, the CCP took early measures to silence individuals in China’s scientific and health communities from publicizing information about the disease.7 These actions delayed the world’s understanding of—and response to—the novel illness.

Dr. Li Wenliang who warned the world of coronavirus, was forced to make a self-criticism, and later died from the virus on Feb. 7, 2020.

The PRC simultaneously prevented outside health experts from the United States and the WHO from independently verifying data about the health situation in Wuhan. The simplest explanation for these actions is that the PRC was covering up a major outbreak which was an embarrassment to the communist leadership. The CCP has a long record of misleading the international community on health matters, most notably with previous outbreaks of SARS and AIDS.8

Through the middle of January, Chinese state-run media claimed that the virus was containable.9 Yet other actions indicate the PRC already knew otherwise. Beginning that same month, the PRC activated a predatory global campaign to acquire medical supplies and equipment from North America and Europe for urgent shipment to China—a sign that the virus was spreading faster than Chinese authorities acknowledged.10 Special attention was given to personal protective equipment such as respiratory masks and gloves, meaning the PRC knew that the coronavirus was spreading between humans, though it refused to publicly acknowledge this fact.11

The WHO was also aware of human-to-human transmission at an early date. Taiwan highlighted this concern to the agency on December 31.12 The next day the WHO asked China for more information, but on January 14 the WHO was still reporting that “preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.13,14

At no point has the WHO criticized China for refusing to let it verify the PRC’s data or for pilfering global medical supplies. Instead, the WHO quickly praised China in glowing terms, even saying they were “reassured of the quality of the ongoing investigations and the response measures.”15 The WHO also repeated the PRC’s claim that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission despite doctors contracting the coronavirus from patients. The WHO maintained its position about the unverified or limited nature of human-to-human transmission until January 23—three days after the PRC admitted the fact.16

CHINA CREATES A GLOBAL PANDEMIC (MID-JANUARY – MID-MARCH)

By the time Chinese officials acknowledged that the coronavirus spread between humans—a fact they already knew—it had already made its way across Asia and to Europe and North America. The reported number of infected people in the PRC also increased rapidly during this time.17 But China’s tally of infections and deaths were severely under-counted, as the PRC continued to crack down on free speech and prevent independent medical investigations. This further lulled the world into a false sense of security.

PRC oppression significantly increased beginning in late January. It detained and disappeared independent Chinese journalists, expelled foreign journalists, and shut down the internet in certain areas, according to netizens.18 State censors were simultaneously given more powers to remove more content from the internet.19 The CCP made every available effort to hide what was happening not only in Wuhan, but across China.

Many Chinese citizens risked their lives exposing the lies of the Communist regime. In late January and early February, Citizen journalist Chen Qiushi and salesperson Fang Bin published dozens of YouTube videos documenting images in Wuhan: long lines outside of hospitals, grieving families, and body bags. “In front of me is the virus. Behind me is China’s legal and administrative power,” Qiushi said in one video a week before his disappearance on February 6. Fang described himself as “a person, just an ordinary person, a silly person who lifted the lid for a second.”20 He has not been heard from since his last video, posted February 9.

In conjunction with its domestic cover-up, the CCP began a global disinformation and propaganda campaign. From February onward, Chinese communist officials accused the United States of initially spreading the virus and intentionally planting it in Wuhan. The PRC also began shipping faulty medical supplies and equipment to foreign countries, including some whose medical resources it had already hoarded.21 Despite contributing to the mounting global crisis by withholding vital information about the coronavirus, the PRC nonetheless sought to benefit from it geopolitically and financially.

President Xi Jinping visits a Beijing neighborhood in early February. (Xinhua via Associated Press)

During this time, the WHO continued to tout Chinese efforts and spread erroneous data. WHO officials praised PRC transparency and cooperation in late January, even though a WHO team was not allowed into Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, until late February.22 Its refusal to question PRC actions likely delayed the WHO’s declaration of a global pandemic until March 11, 2020, by which point it was far too late for most nations to effectively protect their citizens.

The WHO has continued to accept and repeat China’s claims, but others have begun to recognize the truth. On March 26, Peter Navarro, White House Trade Advisor stated that Beijing “did not tell us early to mid-December that there was a crisis of human-to-human transmission with a new novel coronavirus. That has set the world back six weeks.”23 Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce stated on March 31 that experts modeling the virus spread “were missing a significant amount of the data” from China, and, most notably, on April 2, The New York Times reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had warned the White House since early February that PRC officials had been “lying about infection rates, testing, and death counts.”24

CHINA FLOUTS INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS (ONGOING)

China is a signatory to the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR). Articles 6 and 7 of the IHR specifically require member states to notify the WHO—within 24 hours of assessment—of any events which may constitute a “public health emergency of international concern.” Failing to disseminate credible information about infectious diseases is a violation of the IHR.25

The PRC is guilty of violating the IHR because it failed to notify the WHO about the outbreak of the virus in November and December. It also silenced Chinese doctors who spoke publicly about it and refused offers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to visit Wuhan on January 6 and delayed offers of epidemic investigation assistance from the WHO.26 The Chinese Communist Party refused to cooperate with international partners and willfully perpetrated a cover-up from the start—even though it meant violating its treaty obligations.

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

The CCP has continued to undercount—likely dramatically—the number of cases in Wuhan, even claiming no new cases for multiple days in a row during mid-March. Such claims are challenged by a number of eyewitness Chinese accounts of overburdened funeral homes, extrajudicial killings, and the continued crackdown on the free flow of information. Several factors point to continued PRC misinformation:

  1. New cases have not been reported. Local residents report this, and health professionals have described political pressure to report good news and not to admit new likely COVID-19 patients to hospitals.27
  2. Chinese test kits are notoriously unreliable. At least three European countries have stopped using imported Chinese tests, which have error rates as high as 80 percent.28
  3. Asymptomatic patients are not counted. PRC documents say that asymptomatic infection is not considered as a confirmed case, contrary to global standards.29
  4. Medical teams were called back to Wuhan. A much-touted medical team withdrawal has been quietly paused, without satisfactory official explanation.30
  5. Large numbers of funerary urns. Local funeral homes are receiving 2,500-plus cinerary caskets a day,31 even though the total official PRC death count in Wuhan is 2,531.32 Daily incineration volume has been four to five times higher than usual.33
  6. High volume of untested coronavirus victims. An unverified number of patients with coronavirus syptoms have died and thier bodies incinerated without testing.34

The WHO remains silent on these issues. Nor has it pointed out the PRC’s apparent violations of the 2005 International Health Regulations. Instead, the WHO has repeatedly praised the PRC’s “transparency”—even though the Chinese Communist Party has deceived and dissembled at every stage and is still doing so. A timeline of pandemic events published by the WHO on April 8, 2020 omits many of the incriminating facts contained in this situation brief and demonstrates the continued efforts of the WHO leadership to participate in the CCP’s coverup.

CHINA LIED, PEOPLE DIED

The Chinese Communist Party’s deception has had a terrible human cost, with more than 100,000 global deaths and counting. Entire countries are shut down and economies are contracting, pointing to a global crisis that will likely outlive the pandemic itself. According to a study by the United Kingdom’s University of Southampton, if Beijing had acted three weeks earlier, the number of COVID-19 cases could have been reduced by 95 percent, and its geographic spread would have been severely limited—thereby preventing a pandemic.35

Dr. Anne Schuchat, Chief Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits suspicion of under-reporting from China at a news conference on February 11, 2020. (en.australia51)

The CCP has criticized the United States’ political system as incapable of having an efficient response, even though the U.S. has been the top single-country donor to China in its efforts to counter the spread of COVID-19 and has provided essential support to the WHO, including a higher level of funding than from any other country. In addition to the $400 million contributed by the U.S. to the WHO in 2019,36 the United States also made $274 million of emergency funds available to 64 countries to assist in their pandemic responses.

To counter U.S. leadership, the PRC has attempted to shift blame and shore up its own international standing. Notably, the PRC has also lied about the origin of the virus, with senior CCP officials and state-controlled media outlets claiming that the U.S. Army is responsible for the coronavirus.37

The PRC is also engaged in a global propaganda campaign to provide medical aid to countries suffering from a pandemic that the PRC precipitated. Indeed, the CCP has portrayed itself as the global savior during the pandemic. Yet its so-called “facemask diplomacy” has resulted in the shipment of thousands of defective supplies around the world. Many countries including the Czech Republic, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, and the Philippines have recalled hundreds of thousands of faulty respiratory masks and testing kits imported from China. Far worse, China continues to deprive the international community of its most important asset to respond to and stop the spread of the virus—accurate information.

The World Health Organization has praised China’s aid campaign, despite evidence of its delivery of faulty equipment. Once again, it is echoing the PRC’s line of propaganda, giving it global credibility instead of the criticism it deserves.

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

Many experts recommend greater engagement or cooperation with the PRC to address the current pandemic and to prevent similar crises in the future, but this approach ignores the clear record of the Chinese Communist Party as dangerously irresponsible and a threat to U.S. and global health and safety, as well as prosperity. This has been true for more than 40 years; the coronavirus pandemic is merely the latest proof. U.S. policy must be formulated in light of this pattern of behavior.

As for the WHO, it has served as a “useful idiot” that repeats CCP propaganda without question. Not only has this diminished its credibility, it has helped cause the pandemic that is wracking the world. It appears unlikely that the WHO will ever acknowledge China’s culpability in the coronavirus pandemic—much less its own.

China’s President Xi Jinping visits patients and healthcare workers in Wuhan. (Agence France-Presse and Getty Images)

The situation demands a strong and principled response. U.S. officials should pursue the following policy objectives:

  • The U.S. should work to suspend the PRC from full membership in the WHO. Treating the PRC as an equal partner in safeguarding world health made the WHO captive to the PRC and less able to accomplish its mission.
  • The U.S. should work toward Taiwan’s admission to the WHO as a counterbalance to the PRC. Taiwan has proven to be one of the most responsible countries in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The U.S. and other countries should explore using legal means to hold the PRC accountable for violating its treaty obligations and seek reparations for economic damages incurred as a result of the pandemic.
  • The U.S. should enact stronger sanctions on the PRC specifically related to its human rights violations which contributed to the coronavirus’ spread at the very beginning and at every phase of the crisis.
  • The U.S. should cooperate with other countries to demand an independent investigation into the outbreak of the virus in Wuhan, China.
  • The White House should form an inter-agency office specifically to deal with PRC and CCP propaganda and foreign influence operations.

TIMELINE OF CORONAVIRUS CCP COVER-UP AND WHO COMPLICITY

At every stage of the coronavirus pandemic, PRC and WHO statements have failed to reflect reality. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has compiled a timeline showing these blatant and dangerous discrepancies.

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