This WHO official had a suspicion “right from the start” that the new “pneumonia-like illness” spreading in China had human-to-human transmission. She was right. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, a MERS specialist, said that she had a feeling that the virus was spreading through human-to-human contact. “Right from the start, from the first notification we received on December 31, given that this was a cluster of pneumonia — I’m a MERS specialist, so my background is in coronaviruses and influenza — so immediately thought, given that this is a respiratory pathogen, that, of course, there may be human-to-human transmission,” she said.
Despite that, the World Health Organization(WHO) was busy spreading Chinese propaganda regarding the novel coronavirus.
The WHO repeatedly stated in early and mid-January that Wuhan healthcare workers weren’t becoming infected with coronavirus — a key indicator of human-to-human transmission.
Yet Wuhan doctor Lu Xiaohong told China Youth Daily that by Christmas she had already heard of doctors becoming infected with the virus. The Wall Street Journal similarly reported that Chinese doctors were aware of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 since late December, though Chinese authorities censored those who spoke out.
Additionally, a study by The Lancet found that by Jan. 2, only 27 of 41 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus patients had connections to the Huanan seafood market thought to have been the source of the outbreak.
But a Jan. 12 WHO press release said: “Based on the preliminary information from the Chinese investigation team, no evidence of significant human-to-human transmission and no health care worker infections have been reported.”
“At this stage, there is no infection among healthcare workers, and no clear evidence of human to human transmission,” it continued.
That press release was issued one day after a doctor in Wuhan, Li Wenliang, who was punished for warning the world about COVID-19, came down with the illness.
In another press release on January 13, the WHO noted a case of the novel coronavirus that showed up in Thailand. It read,
“The way these patients became infected is not yet known. To date, there has been no suggestion of human to human transmission of this new coronavirus. There have been no infections reported among health care workers, which can be an early indicator of person to person spread.”
Again on January 14, they were saying the same thing.
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??. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
Eventually, on January 22, the WHO acknowledged that the illness was spread through human-to-human transmission. This was after the first case of the novel coronavirus was detected in the United States.
By this time the Administration had already begun to act:
- January 3: CDC Director Robert Redfield sent an email to the director of the Chinese CDC, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus.
- January 5: CDC Director Redfield sent another email to the Chinese CDC Director, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak,
- January 6: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Wuhan, China, due to the spreading coronavirus.
- January 7: The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.
- January 11: The CDC issued a Level I travel health notice for Wuhan, China.
- January 17: The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.
- January 20: Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. The First confirmed case of CoronaVirus in the US
- January 21: The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.
The WHO was so busy parroting Chinese lies rather than telling the truth. Their delays in reporting human-to-human transmission allowed the illness to spread all over the world.
China is clearly responsible for this global pandemic, but the WHO propped them up by not reporting that Dr. Van Kerkhove’s suspicion “right from the start” was a possibility.
Of course, the American liberal media fell right in line and repeated what the WHO was reciting at the time.
There’s no evidence that the virus, a coronavirus, is readily spread by humans, and it has not been tied to any deaths. But health officials in China and internationally are watching it carefully. https://t.co/7PPJvjyCox
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 9, 2020
When our media isn’t moonlighting as the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party, its been moonlighting as the propaganda arm of the Chinese Communist Party, and so has the World Health Organization.
No wonder the President threatened to strip funding from the WHO.
Cross-Posted with Clash Daily
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove