This image shows a selfie of Dr Li Wenliang. The doctor who got in trouble with authorities for sounding an early warning about the coronavirus outbreak back in December 2019 and who consequently died from the disease, if WHO and China had listened to him this whole train crash may have been avoided. Photo AP
Why we ought-not to believe what they tell us but sadly, many do. On December 31 last year, Chinese media reported for the first time on an outbreak of viral pneumonia in the city of Wuhan. First reactions from leaders around the world were bullish, over-confident and ill-informed. Six months later more than 10 million people are sick and more than 500, 000 have died, (extremely conservative figure). However, back at the beginning of the year, many leaders gave out false hope.
President Trump said, quote. "Hopefully it will all amount to very little.Six months later and Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said he “would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day with the US averaging more than 40,000 cases a day at the moment with a death toll approaching 130,000 and a staggering, 2,636,538 confirmed cases. See here
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-general of the World Health Organization, quote. "We have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak." Hmmm.The Chines government was telling the world that the "situation," was under control, however, just six months later the virus has engulfed the world with almost a million new confirmed cases every week and rising. On the 14th of January, Maria van Kerkhove from World Health Organization claimed she wouldn't be surprised if there was some "LIMITED" human-to human-transmission of the virus, something the Chinese had known about back in December 2019.
Six days later, Zhong Nanshan, from the Chinese Health Commission also claimed human-to-human transmission has been confirmed. What he failed to tell the world was that conformation had been confirmed way back in December 2019. A Dr Li Wenliang was arrested for trying to warn the world of a new virus which was jumping from human-to-human and was potentially the beginning of a new epidemic which could infect the whole world. Dr Li Wenliang, who is now considered a hero by many has since died of the disease.
As the US and China continued to blame each other over the coronavirus outbreak the clearest indication yet revealed that the American intelligence service and the Chinese Government were well aware of its clear and present danger way back in November 2019.
According to i24NEWS, the US government reportedly gave Israel advanced warning over the emerging threat the coronavirus posed in China around mid-November. According to Israeli broadcaster Channel 12, US intelligence agencies became aware of the danger posed by COVID-19. The information was then handed over to the White House admin, “which did not deem it of interest,” according to Channel 12.
Despite the Trump administration's dismissal of the information, US intelligence decided to warn its close allies of the contagious disease, specifically NATO and Israel. As you can imagine, the information [on the virus outbreak in China] did not remain solely with the IDF. The news shortly "reached Israel’s decision-makers and the Health Ministry," where ultimately “nothing was done,” according to Channel 12.
Equally, damming, if the US knew about the outbreak as far back as November 2019, why did China's president, Xi Jinping wait until December 31, 2019, to announce to the world of the threat of a pandemic? Worse still, why did the Chinese wait until January the 20th to claim that human-to-human transmission had been confirmed? Chinese Health officials informed the WHO back in December 2019 about a cluster of 41 patients with mysterious pneumonia, however, Chinese officials only released the news because of a report on a popular forum from a group of whistleblowers had tried to alert the world, the leader being the late, Dr Li Wenliang.
On the 23rd of January, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-general of the World Health Organization, speaking in Geneva claimed, Covid-19 had not yet become a global health emergency but did not mention the fact they knew about human-to-human transmissions a month before they finally announced it. On the very same day, Wuhan and other Chinese cities were put on lockdown but by now the genie was out of the bottle, done bun, can't be undone.
Finally, on the 30th of January, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-general of the World Health Organization, again speaking in Geneva declared a public health emergency of international concern.
On the 2nd of February, the first death outside China is reported in the Philippines. By February the 11th, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-general of the World Health Organization suddenly appeared to change track from been laid-back to claiming," if we don't operate with a sense of urgency there could be a serious consequence." Now nearly two months after first being informed of the problem.
On February the 14th the first death was recorded in France, Europe the virus had a tight grip and had begun to spread around the world.
On February the 26th, speaking from the White House, President Trump should maybe have chosen his words a little more carefully when he announced, "because of all we have done, the risk to the American people remains very low." Three days later, America suffered its first death from the virus.
March saw Europe become the epicentre of the epidemic. On the third of March, another leader should have chosen his actions a little more carefully. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK bragged to the British people that he had visited a hospital in London and shook hands with all the patients. He was later rushed to hospital where he almost died from the virus.
On the 14th of March, France and Spain go into lockdown. Two days later and Brazil announces its first death. On the 18th of March, speaking from Brasilia, Jair Bolsonaro claimed, "the virus is a serious matter but we can't enter into the field of hysteria."
By the 6th of April, the US and Spain had reached 10,000 deaths. By the 11th of April, the UK and France register 10,000 deaths. By May and June, the Americas become the epicentre of the outbreak. On the 7th of June global deaths reach 400,000. By June the 22nd, Brazil passes 50,000 dead and the US pass 120,000 dead. On the same day speaking from Geneva, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-general of the World Health Organization claimed, "it took more than three months for the first million cases to be reported, the last 1 million cases took just 8 days and its effects will be felt for decades."