White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx suggested on Sunday that China has a “moral obligation” to be more transparent in its reporting of CCP virus cases.
Birx responded to a question about whether she believed it was “fair” that President Donald Trump said he would halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the pandemic. At the same time, his administration is reviewing its response to the global crisis.
The task force coordinator said that “after this is over,” an investigation must be launched into how the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, was able to spread across the globe.
“Its always the first country that gets exposed to the pandemic that has really, a higher moral obligation on communicating, on transparency, because all of the other countries around the world are making decisions on that,” Birx said during an appearance on ABCs “This Week” on Sunday. “And thats something we can look into after this is over.”
Birx expressed doubts about the accuracy of Chinas official CCP virus case and death toll statistics.
“I think early on … the level of transparency and communication that you need, you have to over-communicate. You have to communicate even the small nuances,” Birx said. “When you look at the outbreak thats been reported in China, and you look at the outbreak that was able to be contained in South Korea and a series of Asian countries—you didnt see that kind of doubling rate … that you see all throughout the developed countries of Europe and certainly in the United States.”
In the interview, Birx suggested that Beijings lack of transparency meant that the U.S. couldnt until the start of March “… fully see how contagious this virus was.”
Her comments came just days after she echoed a statement from President Donald Trump and other White House officials that either the CCP or WHO authorities knew about the human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, and misled the world months ago when reporting that only animal-to-human transmission was occurring.
“I think once this is over, well be able to look back and see, Did China and the WHO say and do everything to alert the rest of the world to the nuances of this virus—because when it first explodes someone had to have known that there was human-to-human transmission,” Birx told ABCs “The View” on WedneRead More From Source[contf] [contfnew]