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Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis

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edited April 8 in Local and Foreign Issues

Time  to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Opinion columnist
USA TODAY OpinionApril 6, 2020, 9:01 PM PDT

There are many lessons to be learned from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. But one is already clear: China needs to be isolated from the civilized world until its behavior improves. We are in the current situation, with deaths and economic devastation worldwide, because China handled this outbreak with its trademark mixture of dishonesty, incompetence and thuggery. Were China a more civilized nation, this outbreak would have been stopped early, and with far less harm, inside and outside of China.

As Marion Smith wrote in these pages on Sunday, China’s first response was to clamp down on reports of the then-new disease that had appeared in Wuhan. The brave doctor, Li Wenliang, who first reported the disease to fellow physicians was silenced by police. Chinese media reports of the disease were censored by the government. So were ordinary citizens reporting on social media.

Coronavirus coverup

According to U.S. intelligence agencies, China systematically deceived the world about the extent of the outbreak, lulling other nations into a false sense of security that delayed a response by weeks or even months.

As Smith writes: “Beijing denied until Jan. 20 that human to human transmission was occurring. Yet at the same time, Chinese officials and state-owned companies were urgently acquiring bulk medical supplies — especially personal protective equipment like masks and gloves — from AustraliaEurope, and around the world. Put simply, Beijing hoarded the world’s life-saving resources while falsely claiming that people’s lives weren’t at risk.”

And this is the most charitable account, based on China failing to deal with what was, at root, a naturally occurring disease outbreak. And it may have been naturally occurring. But people are increasingly entertaining the possibility that the COVID-19 virus was accidentally released by a Chinese virology lab in Wuhan.

That notion was once dismissed as a conspiracy theory, but it has since been discussed in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and by uber-establishment Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. The talk is of an accidental release, not the deliberate deployment of a biological weapon — which makes sense, since few nations would release a bioweapon in their own heartland — but if it’s true it only makes the Chinese government look worse, though it perhaps explains their unwillingness to be forthcoming.

Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Hangzhou in eastern Chinas Zhejiang Province on March 31 2020
Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, on March 31, 2020.

But wherever the virus came from, China’s response was inept, dishonest and utterly inconsiderate of the rest of the world. A competent, honest response would have placed the world on notice much earlier. A China that cared about the rest of the world would have halted flights abroad while this disease was spreading, instead of allowing its citizens to spread willy-nilly around the globe. (As Brian Kennedy writes: “China seems to have taken the position that if they were to suffer the coronavirus, so too was the United States and the rest of the world. What else is to explain the continuation of flights from China to the United States at the rate of some 20,000 passengers a day, until President Trump wisely shut them down?”)

China needs to show good global citizenship

This calls for a response.

The response needs to be harsh enough to teach the Chinese government a lesson, which means pretty harsh, as they appear to still think they can brazen this out. Among other things, the United States — and ideally the world community at large — need to sharply reduce economic relations with China. In particular, no one should be relying on them for medicines, medical equipment and other vital goods. (China’s state news service threatened to plunge America into a “mighty sea” of coronavirus by withholding critical medications.) Chinese scientists should no longer have easy access to Western laboratories or universities. Chinese political leaders should no longer find it easy to travel the world.

Congress should pass legislation stripping the Chinese government of sovereign immunity to lawsuits for COVID-19 damage in the United States. China should be stripped of its leadership roles in international organizations. And finally, Taiwan — a nation that has handled the outbreak better than almost any other nation, but has been excluded from the World Health Organization because its membership would offend the Chinese government — deserves membership in WHO, and full diplomatic recognition from the United States, and the rest of the world.

These are harsh penalties and the Chinese government won’t like them. They will involve much loss of face for the Chinese Communist Party leadership. But they deserve it, and an example needs to be made. The world is a small and interconnected place now. Those who would profit from globalization, as the Chinese ruling class has, need to show good global citizenship. Now is the time to make that lesson stick.


There is no penalty harsh enough that would fit the atrocity that China fostered into the world! Thousands of innocent people died and some still suffering. These are Innocents China eager war against with, not military people.

The Chinese communist government must go! Their kind has no place on the world right now!


  • Plantation BoyPlantation Boy PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited April 8
    "The land mass of China is about the same as the US. The population is about 5 times greater than that of the US. China has at least 12 cities with more than 10 million each.

    NYC, the largest city in the US, has just over 8 million. In the cities there are very crowded living conditions. What we know about the virus (irrefutable facts) are that it is new and therefore no human being had prior immunity. It is transmissible from person to person.

    Many people can be infected and have no symptoms and can transmit the disease. There is no known vaccine. There is no known/proven effective treatment. Obviously China lied about the death toll in Wuhan.

    But even if the government closed all roads, trains, buses, and planes in and out of Wuhan, asymptomatic but contagious people must have traveled to other parts of China prior to the quarantine.

    Without a PRE-EXISTNG test for contagion and/or immunity, or an effective vaccine, or an effective treatment, it is impossible to contain the spread to other cities.

    The population density of the island of Hong Kong is greater than that of Manhattan. Beijing has in the range of 24 million. Shanghai has many more.

    China is either lying on an enormous scale or has an effective treatment/vaccine. No matter how centralized the government, it is beyond belief that a treatment or vaccine could have been invented for a prior unknown disease. produced en masse, and distributed to 1.5 billion people in 3-4 months. So if the rest of China is not being ravaged by the virus while everyone is going about their daily lives, there needs to be an explanation. China should have been completely ravaged by now before the disease could even travel outside China.
    This raises the questions of whether they had a vaccine/treatment and if so, whether the pandemic is a global strategy. Is it intentional? Was China threatened by Trump being the first President to attempt China's slowdown with tough Trade negotiations. What is SCARY--statistically, for the disease not to hit at least one or more of China's major cities is close to impossible,  actuslly it should have been impossible!
  • crazy legscrazy legs PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Please ban wild animals like bats snd pangolins at Chinese wet markets.

    And companies must diversify their supply chain.
  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐
    ArnoldZ said:
    The talk is of an accidental release, not the deliberate deployment of a biological weapon — which makes sense, since few nations would release a bioweapon in their own heartland

    Yeah it was a deliberate release, after all you are dealing with lunatic Communists who are veterans in committing genocide to their people, ex. Stalin, Mao Tse Tung
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    Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis

    Coronavirus crisis proves communism is still a grave threat to the entire world. If Beijing had just been honest, the pandemic could be preventable

    As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, one fact is increasingly clear: The Chinese Communist Party caused this crisis.

    From the moment the coronavirus emerged in central China, Beijing has acted in a way that made a pandemic possible and then inevitable. It covered up what was happening in Wuhan. It silenced whistleblowers who sought to warn the world. It stole medical supplies from other countries, even while claiming the sickness was no big deal. 

    At every stage, the Chinese Communist Party has lied. Now at least 50,000 people have died. And the number is growing by the minute.

    Beijing’s culpability is the result of its oppression — its “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” The only way to stop a spreading sickness is to spread information even faster, giving people and countries the facts and the time to prevent a pandemic. China’s rulers made that impossible. Starting in December, communist authorities cracked down on anyone talking about the coronavirus.

    China's censorship 

    When a brave doctor warned his peers online, he was summoned by police in the middle of the night and forced to write a “self-criticism” — a classic communist method of silencing dissenters that forces them to confess supposed crimes. When Chinese journalists wrote about the sickness, their work was censored. When average citizens took to social media to share the facts, they were silenced. Beijing did everything in its power to prevent the outside world from figuring out what was really going on.

    The truth was terrifying, although largely unknown beyond China’s borders. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that China systematically hid the real number of sick people, as well as the number of deaths. Sure enough, in mid-January, Beijing still claimed that only a few dozen people were infected with the coronavirus. The real totals of people infected and deaths were likely far higher, as my organization was already hearing from dissidents within China. 

    Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the Chuanshan port area in east Chinas Zhejiang Province on March 29 2020

    Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the Chuanshan port area in east China's Zhejiang Province on March 29, 2020. (Photo: Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP)

    Beijing’s lies lulled the world into a false sense of security. By concealing the extent of the coronavirus, China caused other countries to assume the situation was under control, or at least that they had more time to prepare. A senior White House official pointed out that Chinese data caused the medical community in the United States to think “this was serious, but smaller than anyone expected… we were missing a significant amount of the data.”

    Ultimately, China’s incomplete picture led to insufficient plans in other countries. But Beijing’s omissions and lies didn’t just include the number of infected people. They also covered up the nature of the coronavirus itself. In doing so, Beijing violated international treaty obligations to which China is a signatory, including the International Health Regulations (2005).

    If they had just been honest

    Beijing denied until January 20th that human to human transmission was occurring. Yet at the same time, Chinese officials and state-owned companies were urgently acquiring bulk medical supplies —especially personal protective equipment like masks and gloves — from AustraliaEurope, and around the world. Put simply, Beijing hoarded the world’s life-saving resources while falsely claiming that people’s lives weren’t at risk.

    The results have been tragic. China’s actions made other countries less able to contain coronavirus outbreaks. In some cases, those outbreaks were perhaps already underway but unknown, because China lied about the sickness’ spread. By that point, a pandemic was only a matter of time.

    Now the world is facing upheaval unseen since the Second World War. Whole countries are shut down. Borders are closed. Economies are unraveling. Governments are mobilizing for an extended struggle. Billions of people are terrified.

    But all of this was preventable, if the Chinese Communist Party had just been honest.

    If Beijing had allowed doctors in China to raise the alarm and contain the threat, the virus could have been stopped in its tracks.

    If Beijing had accurately described how the virus spread, people from New York to New Delhi could have prepared accordingly.

    If Beijing had given the real number of infected people and deaths, other countries would have recognized the danger, and taken necessary steps.

    But Beijing wasn’t honest. It lied. It is lying still. As a result, more than a million people are sick, and millions could die before the year is out. 

    Their blood is on the Chinese Communist Party’s hands. If the coronavirus crisis proves anything, it’s that communism — its logic, its brutality, its incompetence — is still a grave threat to the entire world. 

    The sooner communism is swept into the dustbin of history, the safer we’ll all be.

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    Pence Promises to Hold the World Health Organization Accountable for Coronavirus Response

    Posted at 4:00 pm on April 9, 2020 by Jeff Charles

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    Pence Promises to Hold the World Health Organization Accountable for Coronavirus Response

    Vice President Mike Pence listens as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


    In an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence declared that the United States would hold the World Health Organization (WHO) accountable for its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The international agency has come under fire for helping China disseminate misinformation about the nation’s coronavirus deaths.

    Pence indicated that President Donald Trump is willing to force the WHO to give an explanation for its mishandling of the pandemic. “This is a president who believes in accountability, and the American taxpayers provide tens of millions of dollars to the World Health Organization,” he said. “As the President said yesterday, I suspect we will continue to do that, but that doesn’t mean that at the right time in the future we aren’t going to ask the tough questions about how the World Health Organization could have been so wrong.”

    Earlier this week, the World Health Organization suggested that the United States should open its borders to China despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. This suggestion drew a sharp rebuke from the President, who accused the agency of being “China-centric.”

    Trump also intimated that the administration would withhold funding from the organization, but hasn’t yet committed to such an action. “We’re going to put a hold on money sent to the WHO,” he said. “We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it, and we’re going to see.”

    The United States currently contributes 22% of the total members’ contributions.

    When the COVID-19 outbreak originated in China late last year, the country’s leadership silenced whistleblowers warning about the dangers of the virus. The communist regime prevented these individuals from expressing their concerns that the coronavirus could spread and cause a global pandemic.

    Officials with the Chinese government claimed that the virus was “controllable” and downplayed the threat it posed. Instead of verifying the claims of China’s leadership, the WHO allowed them to deceive the rest of the world.

    So far, there have been over 400,000 reported cases of COVID-19 infections in the U.S., and almost 14,000 have died as a result of the pandemic. The White House’s coronavirus task force is working with state leaders to curb the spread of the virus, which was expected to reach its peak this week.

  • TrollmasterTrollmaster PEx Rookie ⭐
    400M dollars bigay na budget ng US yearly sa WHO compared to China's 40M, tapos pinili pa ng WHO ang China
  • Plantation BoyPlantation Boy PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited April 10
    Trollmaster said:
    400M dollars bigay na budget ng US yearly sa WHO compared to China's 40M, tapos pinili pa ng WHO ang China.

    What country received millions of dollars in financial and military aid and yet whose president chooses to be friendly to China?

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    Netherlands becomes latest country to reject China-made coronavirus test kits, gear

    The Netherlands is the latest country to reject China-made coronavirus testing kits and other protective gear, calling the items substandard and raising serious questions about the quality of the supplies Beijing is selling to the world.

    The Netherlands joins Spain, Turkey, Georgia, and the Czech Republic in their concerns over masks and test kits. The claims come as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surge in the United States and Europe, highlighting the dependence many countries have on Chinese imports.

    The Dutch health ministry said over the weekend that it was forced to recall 600,000 face masks that were shipped from China on March 21 after they were found to be faulty. Some of the masks failed to fit the mouth properly while others were found to have insufficient filters, the government said.

    The factory behind the production of Rick's Weatherman rain jacket shifts its focus to making N95 masks for medical workers in need.

    "Health care workers have been informed and told not to use the masks. Due to the shortages, we can find ourselves in a situation where only protective equipment is available that does not meet the highest standards," the health ministry said in a statement. "This is an issue in all countries."

    On Monday, the Netherlands said the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus hit nearly 4,000. Of those, 507 new patients were admitted to the hospital. The number of deaths rose by 93 to 864.

    Testing in the Netherlands is mostly confined to people with serious symptoms, meaning it's likely the numbers of cases of coronavirus are higher.

    On March 19, Bruno Bruins, the medical care minister leading the Dutch government's fight against the coronavirus, resigned after collapsing from exhaustion during a parliamentary debate on the pandemic a day earlier.

    Bruins fell to the floor in parliament while taking questions. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was unclear how long it would take for Bruins to recover, though Bruins vowed to come back as soon as possible.

    "The nature of this crisis is such that it demands a minister who can be ready to go full throttle immediately," Rutte said during a televised press briefing.

    DutchNews.nl reported Monday the government will likely extend its social distancing directives past its current April 6 deadline.

    Last week, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said the country had bought $467 million in medical supplies from China, including 950 ventilators, 5.5 million testing kits, 11 million gloves, and more than half a billion protective face masks.

    Soon after receiving the supplies, the government announced plans to return 9,000 "quick result" test kits to China, because they were deemed substandard, specifically the sensibility of the test was around 30 percent when it should be higher than 80 percent.

    "China creates the poison and sells the solution to it," foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang told Fox News.

    Beijing admitted that the kits they sold to Spain were bought from Bioeasy, a Chinese company not licensed to make them.

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    Germany’s largest paper to China's president: You're endangering the world

    "You [Jinping], your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it."


    BERLIN - The editor-in-chief of Germany’s largest paper Bild on Thursday launched a full-frontal attack on China’s communist president Xi Jinping for his regime’s failure to come clean about the coronavirus outbreak and the massive human rights violations carried out by the communist party

    Julian Reichelt, the prominent editor-in-chief of the Bild, wrote to Jinping that  “Your embassy in Berlin has addressed me in an open letter because we asked in our newspaper Bild whether China should pay for the massive economic damage the coronavirus is inflicting worldwide.”

    He wrote that, "You [Jinping], your government and your scientists had to know long ago that coronavirus is highly infectious, but you left the world in the dark about it. Your top experts didn't respond when Western researchers asked to know what was going on in Wuhan.You were too proud and too nationalistic to tell the truth, which you felt was a national disgrace.”

    Reichelt said “ You rule by surveillance. You wouldn't be president without surveillance. You monitor everything, every citizen, but you refuse to monitor the diseased wet markets in your country.You shut down every newspaper and website that is critical of your rule, but not the stalls where bat soup is sold. You are not only monitoring your people, you are endangering them – and with them, the rest of the world.”

    He continued with his bill of particulars, noting that “surveillance is a denial of freedom. And a nation that is not free, is not creative. A nation that is not innovative, does not invent anything . This is why you have made your country the world champion in intellectual property theft.China enriches itself with the inventions of others, instead of inventing on its own. The reason China does not innovate and invent is that you don't let the young people in your country think freely. China’s greatest export hit (that nobody wanted to have, but which has nevertheless gone around the world) is coronavirus.”

    The spokeswoman for China’s embassy, Tao Lil, published an open letter in German on the embassy's website to Bild on Wednesday, stating “I followed your reporting on the corona pandemic in general and China's alleged guilt in particular today. Apart from the fact that we consider it a pretty bad style to blame a country for a pandemic that is affecting the whole world and then to present an explicit account of alleged Chinese debts to Germany, the article ignores some essential ones facts.”

    She added that "We note that many countries now struggling with COVID-19 have had time to prepare for the cross-border spread of the pathogen after China reported its outbreak under IHR [World Health Organization] guidelines."
    The Bild editor-in-chief cited a Washington Post article that reported that “your laboratories in Wuhan have been researching corona viruses in bats, butwithout maintaining the highest safety standards. Why are your toxic laboratories not as secure as your prisons for political prisoners?Would you like to explain this to the grieving widows, daughters, sons, husbands, parents of Corona victims all over the world?”

    He conclude that “In your country, your people are whispering about you. Your power is crumbling. You have created an inscrutable, non-transparent China. Before Corona, China was known as a surveillance state. Now, China is known as a surveillance state that infected the world with a deadly disease.That is your political legacy.”
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    Nye-ha-ha-haaa, you think you can beat me, America (and the entire Western world)!!!!
  • crazy legscrazy legs PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Boycott the 2022 winter olympics.
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    Coronavirus: US university stops using Chinese testing kits after some found to be contaminated

    • University of Washington School of Medicine had airlifted tens of thousands of kits from Shanghai factory
    • Liquid in small percentage of vials changed colour, an indication of bacterial growth. Some appeared cloudy, too
    The University of Washington School of Medicine went to extraordinary lengths to airlift tens of thousands of Covid-19 testing kits from China during a nationwide shortage of sampling swabs and the liquid that preserves specimens for diagnostic testing.

    In short: a Seattle importer used a business associate in China, who had a connection to a doctor in the province hardest hit by the disease, to secure testing kits from a Shanghai factory and then have them flown stateside as soon as possible on an Amazon-chartered plane. UW Medicine allocated US$125,000 to purchase the kits.

    The story of the testing swabs illustrated what authorities are willing to risk to secure more supplies for Covid-19 testing, which experts say will need to ramp up before distancing restrictions in Washington can be safely removed.

    Late last week, the saga took a dour turn.

    UW Medicine has decided to halt, at least temporarily, the use of the testing kits from Lingen Precision Medical Products, after a small percentage of the kits showed signs of contamination.

    “I’ve just recommended everyone who has these things pause and not use them at all,” said Geoff Baird, the interim chair of the University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine, who was part of the group that went to great lengths to secure the materials. “I can’t say I’m not disappointed.”

    Baird said he first learned of a problem on April 16, when a colleague notified him some of the liquid in vials he had sent appeared to have changed in colour.

    Baird said he went immediately to where UW Medicine is storing some testing kits and starting “tearing through boxes”.

    Many of the vials appeared to be fine. But the liquid in a small percentage of them had turned to an orange or yellow colour, rather than hot pink, an indication of bacterial growth. Some appeared cloudy, too.

    Laboratory testing confirmed there was a bacteria called Stenotrophomonas maltophilia growing in the clearly contaminated samples.

    But after further examination, Baird said he does not believe the bacterial growth likely affected specimens that have already been analysed and does not believe anyone will need to be retested.

    He said scientists added known samples of the novel coronavirus to the contaminated specimen-preserving liquid, called viral transport media, and compared it against uncontaminated liquid.

    “There’s absolutely no difference,” he said.

    Baird said he had paused some additional orders.

    Anita Nadelson, the Seattle businesswoman who helped secure the swabs through Chinese business contacts, said the Chinese supplier had said it would refund the investment.

    “They’re working diligently to identify and cure the issue,” Nadelson said. “We vetted these as best we could. It’s an unexpected turn on both sides.”

    Baird said the laboratory on Sunday was taking another look at the swabs, too.

    “We are also, out of an abundance of caution, testing the swabs themselves, which were separately packaged,” Baird said.

    Because the contamination was found in the specimen-preserving liquid, which makes no contact with patients, Baird said “we don’t expect there’s any real mechanism of harm to patients”.

    Baird said S. maltophilia is “ubiquitous” and a common contaminant.

    “It lives on surfaces and it lives on factory things and tubing,” he said. “I would think it’s in your home, my home, it’s on everything.”

    On its website, the National Institutes of Health says S. maltophilia can cause problems in people with a weakened immune system or in hospital settings.

    Baird said he gave 20,000 test kits to Public Health–Seattle & King County and another 15,000 to the state’s public health lab.

    “I don’t know how many they’ve distributed yet,” he said.

    In a news release Sunday, the state Department of Health said it had recalled about 12,000 kits sent to local health jurisdictions, tribal nations and other partners.

    “We are working with our partners to have them discard the product and will work to replace them as quickly as we can,” said John Wiesman, the state secretary of health, in a statement.

    The health department said it did not have adequate supplies to replace all the swabs and transport media, though a large shipment of swabs from another vendor of swabs is expected later this week.

    Public Health–Seattle & King County said it reached out immediately to its local partners, asking them to suspend use.

    “About 5,000 of the 20,000 they gave us had been distributed by us, and approximately 300 had been used,” said James Apa, a Public Health–Seattle & King County spokesman, adding that “the problem with the kit itself shouldn’t present any health risk to patients”.

    Meanwhile, Baird said national shortages of testing kits remain dire.

    “We should be doing more, but we’ve not seen our volume go up,” Baird said of testing at the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory. “There’s a cap on the amount of testing that can be done globally, and certainly nationally, there aren’t enough kits for swabs and VTM (viral transport media) for testing.”

    Baird said he expects to be seeking new supplies for months.

    “This is a bump in the road,” he said. “We’re going to get past it. We have no choice.”

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    Canada: 1 million respirators acquired from China unfit for coronavirus fight

    Canada's public health authority says around one million KN95 respirators acquired from China have failed to meet federal Covid-19 standards for use by frontline health professionals.


    OTTAWA — Canada's public health authority says around 1 million KN95 respirators acquired from China have failed to meet federal Covid-19 standards for use by front-line health professionals.

    As a result, the federal government did not dispense the noncomplying masks to equipment-hungry provinces and territories, said Eric Morrissette a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada.

    The failure of these respirators to meet Canadian requirements is yet another challenge for the country as it fights to secure PPE and medical supplies amid what has become a ferocious global competition.

    The KN95 is a Chinese model similar to the N95, which is a crucial type of personal protective equipment used to defend nurses, doctors and other health workers in the fight against Covid-19. In general, Canada has authorized the KN95 for use as part of the Covid-19 response, but individual shipments are being inspected.

    China has become the source of around 70 percent of Canada's imports of PPE, with much of the rest coming from the U.S., the United Kingdom and Switzerland, a senior Canadian source told POLITICO this week.

    The international race for medical gear, fueled by shortages around the world, has led countries to connect with new suppliers and manufacturers, Morrissette said. The Public Health Agency of Canada, he added, has been verifying the quality of purchased and donated supplies to ensure they meet federal technical specifications for Covid-19.

    "To date, PHAC has identified approximately 1 million KN95 masks as non-compliant with specifications for health-care settings," Morrissette said in a statement. The number of rejected masks was first reported by the The Globe and Mail.

    Canada's effort to extract PPE and medical supplies from China has run into complications.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said two airplanes sent to China to pick up shipments of badly needed medical products were forced to return to Canada on Monday empty. Trudeau cited transportation delays on the ground and strict rules that limited how long planes were permitted to wait at Shanghai's airport, a statement the Chinese government has disputed.

    Earlier this week, Conservative MP Chris Lewis asked Health Minister Patty Hajdu in the House of Commons if Canada had experienced problems with PPE from China as had been reported by other countries.

    "Yes... some of the equipment we received was not suitable for medical care workers, and we are looking at that equipment to see if it can be re-purposed for other kinds of workers who do not need the same level of protection," Hajdu said in her response.

    Indeed, the rejected masks may still be useful, but away from hospitals.

    "Although such products are non-compliant with the specifications for the front-line healthcare response, they are subsequently assessed to determine potential use in non-healthcare settings," Morrissette said.

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    China Refuses to Allow WHO Reps to Investigate Coronavirus Origins

    China has refused requests by the World Health Organization to take part in an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

    “We know that some national investigation is happening but at this stage we have not been invited to join,” Dr. Gauden Galea, WHO representative in China, told Sky News. “WHO is making requests of the health commission and of the authorities.”

    The WHO and the U.S. intelligence community have concluded that the coronavirus is naturally-occurring and was not genetically engineered. However, U.S. officials suspect that the pathogen may have been accidentally from a lab, possibly the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan Center for Disease Control.

    Laboratory logs “would need to be part of any full report, any full look at the story of the origins,” Dr. Galea said. The WHO representative emphasized that “the origins of virus are very important, the animal-human interface is extremely important and needs to be studied. The priority is we need to know as much as possible to prevent the reoccurrence.”

    U.S. officials and politicians have accused China of attempting to cover up the initial coronavirus outbreak. The White House has ordered intelligence agencies to compile evidence of a cover up.

    President Trump has also halted U.S. funding to the WHO after accusing the organization of mishandling the outbreak and parroting Chinese propaganda regarding the coronavirus. Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have urged Democratic colleagues to investigate the WHO’s ties to China.

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    China may have 640,000 coronavirus cases instead of 84,000, leaked data from country's military-run university suggests

    PUBLISHED: 09:07 EDT, 15 May 2020 | UPDATED: 09:48 EDT, 15 May 2020
    • China has officially reported 84,029 cases of coronavirus and 4,673 deaths 
    • But doubt remains over the figures amid criticism for a lack of transparency 
    • Database leaked from Chinese university suggests true toll could be far higher
    • Table contains 640,000 entries from at least 230 cities - suggesting actual case total could be in six figures
    • China may have logged hundreds of thousands more cases of coronavirus than it is publicly admitting to, new data leaked from a university suggests.

    Officially, the country has reported just 84,029 cases of the virus but there has been widespread skepticism over this figure amid a lack of transparency from Beijing.

    But now, a database leaked from the National University of Defence Technology in the city of Changsha suggests the country could have 640,000 cases.

    The information comes from a database leaked to Foreign Policy and 100 Reporters, which carried out a brief analysis of the information it contains.

    They say the dataset contains 640,000 individual entries taken from at least 230 cities spread across the country.

    Each entry contains latitude, longitude, and 'confirmed' number of cases at the location on a specific date, which range from early February to late April.

    The locations include hospitals but also apartment compounds, hotels, supermarkets, railway stations, restaurants, schools and even a branch of KFC.

    Assuming that each entry contains at least one case, that would mean at least 640,000 cases of the virus which have been recorded.

    The number could also be far higher. A single data entry outlined by those with access to the database contains two cases of the virus, reported at a church in the city of Harbin on March 17.

    The number could also be lower. Reporters say it is not clear how the data was gathered - although the university website says it used a range of public resources.

    It is also not clear why data was taken from specific locations on particular dates.  

    Inconsistencies in data gathering methods means it is possible that single cases could have been counted several times, skewing the figures. 

    The data set also does not make it clear what was classified as a 'confirmed' case of the virus, which had led to discrepancies in reporting in other countries.

    Since no names or identifying details were included with the data, both Foreign Policy and 100Reporters said it has been impossible to verify any of the cases.

    MailOnline has not seen the dataset, which has not been released publicly. 

    Despite its shortcomings, the existence of such a large database will add to existing suspicions that China is not being honest about its virus toll.

    China, like most other countries, has struggled to provide accurate data on a disease that has spread across the world rapidly, especially since scientists believe up to 80 per cent of those who catch it may have no or mild symptoms.

    But allegations against Beijing go further, namely that it has deliberately covered up figures in an attempt to convince world leaders it out-performed them in terms of its response - or to buy time to stockpile PPE and medicines before the virus spread.

    The US Centers for Disease Control refused to comment to Foreign Policy and 100reporters, while the WHO said it was unaware such a database existed.

    Since the first cases of the virus were recorded around a wet market in the city of Wuhan in December last year, coronavirus has swept across the globe.

    As of Friday, 4.4million cases of the virus had been confirmed worldwide and more than 300,000 people had died from the disease it causes, official figures showed.

    However, both figures are believed to widely under-estimate the true scale of the virus because of widespread problems with testing.

    The virus has forced most major nations to enact unprecedented and sweeping lockdown measures which have largely confined people to their homes for the last several months.

    Countries, including China, are only just starting to emerge from those lockdowns, amid fears of a second - more serious - spike in infections and deaths.

    Some hope has been offered by the development of reliable antibody tests that can detect whether a person has ever had the virus, potentially offering the first comprehensive look at how many cases there were in the world.

    A vaccine being developed at Oxford University has also shown promising results in rhesus monkeys  by stopping the virus penetrating deep into their lungs, where it can be fatal.

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