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China’s premier at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei Province, late January 2020

How China missed a chance to stop the coronavirus epidemic

The head of the World Health Organization praised China’s response to the emergence of coronavirus in Wuhan last December as swift and characterized by model transparency, but there are reasons to challenge this view. In reality, both local and central authorities in Beijing suppressed early reports of the disease’s danger and then downplayed it, delaying action during the critical weeks when the spread of the virus could best be contained. 

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