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Alex Azar on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Coverup of Pandemic: We Learned About the Coronavirus From Taiwan
Epoch Times ^ | 01/15/2021 | GQ Pan

Posted on 01/15/2021 8:29:27 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Health Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday reminded Americans of how Beijing, about a year ago, had held back the truth about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak, allowing it to turn into a global crisis.

Azar, during a speech at conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, said the early U.S. response to the CCP virus was particularly difficult because the virus emerged in China, which, given the nature of the communist regime, “severely limited” outside access to information about it.

“Let’s consider when and how the United States became aware of the virus,” the nation’s health chief said. “We learned about an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown origin in Wuhan, China on December 30, not through that country’s official channels, as required under the International Health Regulations, but through media monitoring that we do, as well as through a notification from Taiwan’s Economic and Cultural Office here in the United States.”

“That’s right: One of the very first ways the U.S. government was notified of a novel virus in mainland China was by people from Taiwan,” he continued, pointing to the fact Beijing would not publicly admit the first death caused by the CCP virus had occurred until Jan. 11, nearly two weeks after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began developing situation reports on the outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) at that time was still repeating Beijing’s now-debunked claim that there was no human-to-human transmission of the CCP virus, Azar said.

It didn’t take long for American health officials to suspect they couldn’t trust the reports out of China, Azar recalled, noting that the Chinese regime’s explanation for the outbreak “did not make sense.”

“Our CDC director, Dr. Bob Redfield, was told by his Chinese counterpart, Dr. Gao [Fu] of the China CDC, that the story was that the virus had originated from animals in the now-infamous Wuhan market,” said Azar. “Yet in the first week of January, there were several clusters of cases within families, which were very unlikely to have come from close encounters with animals, suggesting human-to-human transmission.”

Azar moved on to list more occasions when Beijing and the WHO obfuscated an international effort to understand and contain the CCP virus before its global spread.

For example, it wasn’t until Feb. 16, when the global infection case reached nearly 70,000, that a team of foreign experts was allowed to take a field trip in China.

“By this time, Chinese intransigence meant that the window of opportunity had passed,” Azar said. “Outbreaks of the virus had been seeded around the world. We had been denied the chance to learn about the virus by the country where it originated.”

In another example, Azar revealed that despite repeated pushing for the Chinese authorities to send viral isolates from Chinese patients since last January, his department, at this point, has yet to receive one.

Obtaining accurate case or death numbers related to the CCP virus in China since the initial outbreak has been all but impossible, while the numbers that have been put out by the regime are considered by experts to be highly suspect.

Xi Jinping, the CCP’s general secretary, declared last September in a grand ceremony that the pandemic was successfully eradicated across the country, while the virus continued to ravage the rest of the world, claiming it was proof of the supremacy of so-called “socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Two weeks into 2021, however, China is experiencing a series of major outbreaks in its northern heartland. Shijiazhuang, which lies about 160 miles southwest of Beijing, has been placed under strict lockdown along with its 11 million residents after new clusters of infections emerged there.

“China has spent the better part of this year shamelessly promoting an Orwellian version of events, designed to persuade the world that its authoritarian form of government is best suited to respond to a public health crisis,” Azar said. “The facts are, however, that if a novel virus like this had emerged in a democratic nation, a global outbreak might never have occurred.”

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2019; 201912; 20191230; 202001; 20200111; 202002; 20200216; 202009; ccp; china; coverup; covid; covid19; covidtimeline; pandemic; pneumonia; shijiazhuang; taiwan

1 posted on 01/15/2021 8:29:27 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Also this happened one year ago yesterday ...

Happy 1st birthday to the absolute worst tweet in history

World Health Organization (WHO) @WHO · Jan 14, 2020 Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China

2 posted on 01/15/2021 8:48:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Everyone knows)
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To: TigersEye

Good one.

3 posted on 01/15/2021 9:00:39 PM PST by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: ifinnegan

I noticed that the WHO seems to be the first to label Covid-19 the Wuhan virus and the China virus. :)

4 posted on 01/15/2021 9:05:17 PM PST by TigersEye (Everyone knows)
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Every time an American looked at an item for where it was made in it came from China. Now China’s reliance making everything was being threatened by a change in leadership in America which was a major consumer of those products. When Americans hailed their leaders decision to make many of them in their country US. Their politburo worried.

Worse yet opponents to the Chinese regime in power had its citizens protesting its policies , as in Hong Kong, since that change in American leadership wave the American flag and present Trump’s name when doing so. All of which presented those in power the need to destroy that leader Donald Trump.

Would a runaway plague created by a nation which could threaten populations of an enemy cause them to react by demanding extreme restriction of movement by its population to prevent its spread ? Thus wind up fragmenting its economy and create defeat for that leader’s upcoming election.When they released it that was the CCP intention but it got away from them and went world wide

Print this up and get this out there in your precincts

There seems to be a refusal in certain political circles known as the Swamp to blame the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) for deliberately using the Wuhan virus to create an economy here which would prevent Trump get reelected. Letting that happen will create problems we don’t need. Time we point out the loss of employment and the corruption involved.

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Besides corruption here is just some of the million$ that the Biden are involved in also Clinton
The CCP’s (China Communist Party) newspaper The Global Times has endorsed Biden Claiming he would be the easiest to work with.

Americans better WISE UP/
Key swamp demons were making fortunes when they allowed US companies in a number of industries including pharma, computer; and electrical as well metal fabrication components even bicycles relocate their factories in China . To the point where China was our sole supplier. The money the CCP has now comes from US .If we play our Chinese checkers right we can really turn things around for the better not only here but in China as well.Check out this recent posting in Free which the MSM and social venues will spike; will be stopped by Biden and hailed by Walmart

5 posted on 01/15/2021 9:16:22 PM PST by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L.J.Keslin posting here for the record hoping somebody might read and pass around)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks. Here’s the whole speech.

6 posted on 01/15/2021 9:19:31 PM PST by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: TigersEye

“I noticed that the WHO seems to be the first to label Covid-19 the Wuhan virus and the China virus. :)”

Yeah. They called it Wuhan Novel Corona Virus Pneumonia plague.


7 posted on 01/15/2021 9:28:34 PM PST by ifinnegan (Democrats kill babies and harvest their organs to sell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wuhan Institute of Virology
Address: Xiao Hong Shan No.44, Wuhan, P.R.China.
Postcode: 430071
Tel: 027-87198593
Fax: 027-87198209

Specializing in the study of bat viruses.

8 posted on 01/15/2021 9:40:29 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: SeekAndFind

The CCP are guilty of committing an act of war on the United States and will never pay for the crime until 2024.

9 posted on 01/15/2021 10:33:07 PM PST by Kahuna
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To: SeekAndFind

The Red Chinese, FOB, Friends of Biden FOCs - Friends of the Clintons, FODs - Friends of Democrats. Singing, “A Whole Lot of F’ing Going On”.

10 posted on 01/15/2021 10:55:23 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: SeekAndFind

How STUPID of this QUITTER WEAK SISTER to even mention will just give China another damn reason to invade her!! What a DUMBASS!

11 posted on 01/16/2021 5:08:41 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I went to public schools when I grew up and NEVER ONCE was I told the truth regarding who Communists/Socialists are and what they do, including the 100M or so deaths they were responsible for in the 20th century (versus maybe 100,000 deaths by people who fought Communists).

So when the people who wined and dined them over the decades at ‘conferences’ in China told them crap about the virus (don’t worry, we have it under control, doesn’t spread easy, and ignore what’s coming out of Wuhan), they BELIEVED them, even though Taiwan, where they do learn a bit about Communists in their schools, told the US that we were being lied to.

...and all of that got blamed on Trump, and I wish Trump would have publicly asked his people (Fauchi and Scarf on the top of that list) why they REFUSED to heed Taiwan’s warnings.

12 posted on 01/16/2021 7:57:24 AM PST by BobL (I shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's, I just don't tell anyone.)
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