Contrary to early Left News reports and claims from both Chinese officials and the World Health Organization, China did not report the existence of the coronavirus in late 2019, according to a new WHO timeline tracking the spread of the virus. Rather, international health officials discovered the virus through information posted to a U.S. website, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
Embarrassed to admit their error, the quiet admission from WHO, which posted an “updated” timeline to its website this week, leaves top officials, including WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom, backtracking their early claims. Adhanom, among a handful of international officials, claimed for months that China had informed their organization about the emerging virus.
China and its allies at the WHO insisted in multiple interviews and press conferences that China came to the health organization with information about the virus. FALSE. The WHO’s backtracking lends credibility to a recent congressional investigation that determined China concealed information about the virus and did not initially inform the WHO, as it was required to do.
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The WHO’s updated timeline now states that officials first learned about the virus on Dec. 31, 2019, through information posted on a U.S. website by doctors working in Wuhan. This contradicts the agency’s initial timeline, which said that China first presented this information at that date. That initial timeline stated that the “Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province” on Dec. 31.
The tweet below is a prime example of how the WHO helped China cover-up the spread of the coronavirus in January:
Yet another reason President Trump is right in “withdrawing all funds and their membership in the World Health Organization.” As previously reported by 100% FED Up, “The president mentioned their [WHO] close relationship with China and the help the WHO gave to China to help cover-up the coronavirus outbreak.”
Chinese officials and state-controlled media also claimed for months that the communist regime informed the WHO on or around Dec. 31. In recent days, however, Chinese officials have dropped that talking point.
Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of Congress’s China Task Force, was one of the first lawmakers to expose China’s lies about reporting the virus. An interim congressional report on the virus’s origins published last month first disclosed the fact that the WHO found out about the virus from online postings, not China.