Taiwan: We Tried Warning WHO About the Wuhan Coronavirus

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Posted: Mar 21, 2020 10:12 AM
Taiwan: We Tried Warning WHO About the Wuhan Coronavirus

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According to Taiwan, the World Health Organization could have prevented the Wuhan coronavirus from becoming a pandemic had the organization listened to their early warnings. Taiwanese officials said WHO's failure to act early on has to do with its close ties to Chinese leadership, the Daily Caller reported. 

Taiwanese health officials alerted WHO about the Wuhan coronavirus' transmission between humans back in December but the organization failed to alert countries around the world.

One of Taiwan's chief complaints is centered around the International Health Regulations (IHR)'s reporting website, which was established so countries around the world could share data about pandemics. 

“While the IHR’s internal website provides a platform for all countries to share information on the epidemic and their response, none of the information shared by our country’s [Centers for Disease Control] is being put up there,” Taiwanese Vice President Chen Chien-Jen told the Financial Times. “The WHO could not obtain first-hand information to study and judge whether there was human-to-human transmission of COVID-10. This led it to announce human-to-human transmission with a delay, and an opportunity to raise the alert level both in China and the wider world was lost."

Despite knowing what they did, the WHO continued to push communist China's talking points, including the blatantly false claim that the virus is not spread through human-to-human transmission. This is something we know is the case, which is why the CDC has suggested people practice "social distancing" as much as possible. A few weeks later the WHO said it was unnecessary to restrict international air travel, which is what turned the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic into a pandemic.

Even though Taiwan tried to prevent the spread to other countries by warning the WHO, the country is being punished because they question China and their tactics. In fact, Taiwan hasn't had a place at the international table since 2016, particularly at the World Health Assembly, because of Chinese pressure. 

As Matt pointed out, Tawain isn't that far from China yet the country has sustained very few cases. As of now, the country has 153 cases and all of them are occurring because of international travel, Reuters reported.