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    Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop pandemic
    The Associated Press
    Published Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:24AM EST Last Updated Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:01AM EST

    GENEVA -- A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the UN health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner.

    In a report issued to the media Monday, the panel led by former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said there were "lost opportunities" to set up basic public health measures as early as possible.

    "What is clear to the panel is that public health measures could have been applied more forcefully by local and national health authorities in China in January," it said...

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    Wuhan medics are secretly filmed admitting they were told to LIE and that they KNEW coronavirus was deadly and spreading between humans before China told the world

    Medics in Wuhan say they knew about virus deaths as early as December 2019
    They also realised virus was spreading between humans before the WHO did
    ITV documentary Outbreak: The Virus That Shook The World airs at 9pm Tuesday
    By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
    Published: 05:39 EST, 19 January 2021 | Updated: 10:06 EST, 19 January 2021

    Chinese medics have been secretly filmed admitting they knew how dangerous the coronavirus was when it began to wreak havoc in Wuhan - but say they were told to lie about it.

    Medical professionals in Wuhan say they knew about virus deaths as early as December 2019, but it was mid-January before China first informed the WHO of a fatality.

    They also realised that the virus was passing between humans, but hospitals were told 'not to tell the truth' and calls to scrap Lunar New Year festivities were rejected because authorities wanted to 'present a harmonious and prosperous society'. ...


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      Coronavirus: China calls for revisions to reports at WHO, defends early response
      Two expert reviews suggested shortcomings in Beijing’s actions after health authorities reported first cases in Wuhan
      But China tells executive board the reports made statements that were inconsistent with the facts
      Simone McCarthy
      Published: 9:00pm, 20 Jan, 2021
      Updated: 12:38am, 21 Jan, 2021

      Beijing has called for revisions to two reports presented at the World Health Organization this week, as the UN body hears expert reviews of the international response to Covid-19 over a year after it was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

      The reports, presented at an ongoing meeting of the WHO’s executive board, one of its decision-making arms, suggested shortcomings in China’s early response to Covid-19
      after Wuhan health authorities flagged a mysterious illness at the end of 2019.

      Beijing has for months stridently defended its initial response to the virus and sought to present itself as a global model for Covid-19 containment. The country is one of a handful that have largely brought local transmission under control, as the number of cases worldwide has topped 96 million...