U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in an interview on Meet the Press:
“I think China knows that in the early stages of Covid, it didn’t
do what it needed to do, which was to, in real time, give access
to international experts, in real time to share information, in
real time to provide real transparency.
“One result of that failure is that the virus got out of hand
faster and with, I think, much more egregious results than it
In other China-COVID news, their vaccines are apparently — by their own admission — not highly effective, yet are being distributed around the world in huge quantities. The Washington Post:
The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
conceded that the efficacy of Chinese coronavirus vaccines is “not
high” and that they may require improvements, marking a rare
admission from a government that has staked its international
credibility on its doses.
The comments on Saturday from George Gao come after the government
has already distributed hundreds of millions of doses to other
countries, even though the rollout has been dogged by questions
over why Chinese pharmaceutical firms have not released detailed
clinical trial data about the vaccines’ efficacy.
China has struck deals to supply many of its allies and economic
partners in the developing world and boasted that world leaders — including in Indonesia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates — have taken the shots.
★ Monday, 12 April 2021