A China is being accused of having withheld information during the visit of the team of international experts from World Health Organization (WHO) in the beginning of the month. The complaint was raised on Thursday, 18, by the executive director of the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch, Kennet Roth. “China clearly wants to avoid being blamed as the place where the pandemic started,” he said during a news conference organized by the Association of Correspondents of United Nations (Acanu). The American activist said the Chinese government had refused to share information about the first cases of Covid-19 to the scientists who made the trip. “There was in Wuhan 92 inpatients with symptoms similar to Covid-19 in October and November 2019, but China did not give WHO antibody tests until much later. Not blood tests or tests, evidence that would have shown that the outbreak was present a month or two before admission, ”argued Kennet Roth. “In three weeks, in January 2020, the Chinese government suppressed information about human-to-human transmission, pretending that all cases were related to the market in Wuhan,” while millions of people left the city, thousands of them abroad, he added. .
The executive director of Human Rights Watch also accused the existence of an “institutional complicity” between WHO and China, which continues to insist on the thesis that the outbreak of new coronavirus it may have originated from contact with imported frozen foods, “although there is no evidence that anyone anywhere in the world has been infected in this way”. For him, the expert mission itself gave “credibility to this theory saying that they are investigating, giving Beijing an injection of propaganda at a time when we should concentrate better on what they are hiding”. Kennet Roth admitted that there is no evidence that the virus that caused Covid-19 was born in the laboratory, but that the lack of Chinese transparency helps to fuel such suspicions. “The more China hides, the more credibility it gives to these theories, as people wonder what is being hidden. But that may mean that they just want to avoid being singled out as the physical location where another infectious disease started, as it did nearly 20 years ago with SARS, ”concluded the activist.
* With information from EFE