Chinese documents said to reveal bungled early reaction to COVID-19

Chinese documents said to reveal bungled early reaction to COVID-19
Lab workers suit up in the Wuhan BSL-4 facility. New China TV video, YouTube

[Ed. – We’ve reached the point where the question is why CNN is reporting this now.  Of course China’s original information was suspect, and of course there’s probably fresh material that shows that.  There’s also older material that shows that.  Is there some reason CNN is now acknowledging it?]

A trove of newly-leaked documents detail how China bungled its handling of the pandemic’s early days — including lowballing COVID-19 data and taking weeks to diagnose new cases, according to a report on Monday.

The 117 pages of internal docs obtained by CNN outline how health officials in Hubei, where the virus was first detected, were hampered by chronic underfunding, leading to gaps in staffing and testing equipment.

“It was clear they did make mistakes — and not just mistakes that happen when you’re dealing with a novel virus — also bureaucratic and politically-motivated errors in how they handled it,” Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told the outlet.

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