Richard Haass is a longtime diplomat and president of the Council on Foreign Relations. He decided to weigh in on who is to blame for the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and decided to lay a large chunk on the blame on us. Yeah, apparently, he got some of the timeframe messed up. Our friends at Twitchy found this story.
“Yes, the coronavirus crisis had its origins in China-both its wet market & its initial coverup-but China cannot be blamed for our own months of denial, the lack of protective gear, tests & ventilators, & the failure still to require social distancing throughout the entire US,” Haass tweeted.
Yes, the #coronavirus crisis had its origins in China-both its wet market & its initial coverup-but China cannot be blamed for our own months of denial, the lack of protective gear, tests & ventilators, & the failure still to require social distancing throughout the entire US.— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) March 19, 2020
1st cases in China 11/2019— Stacey - Cruising the #ChinaVirus Crisis (@ScotsFyre) March 19, 2020
China said no human to human spread 1/14/20
WHO declares a health emergency 1/30/20
Trump shuts down travel from China 1/31/20
Shut up. Thanks. https://t.co/DtlQay3f1E
Months of denial?— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) March 19, 2020
In beginning of Jan (only about 75 days ago!) China was still denying this had person to person transmission.
Much of the world's inability to get ready for this...is China's fault.
The longtime diplomat was then fact-checked, with those noting that in January, China was still denying there was human-to-human transmission. Also, they destroyed samples that exposed the virus in December, strong-armed doctors who were trying to do the right thing, kept medical crews in the dark, and prevented doctors from reporting on cases of Wuhan coronavirus they encountered. They allowed Chinese New Year to be celebrated, exposing legions to the disease and allowed 5 million to leave Wuhan. This is all China’s fault. Their incompetence unleashed this mayhem upon the world. And we should be unapologetic in that regard. For now, the liberal news media is peddling Chinese communist propaganda because…'orange man bad.’
Sorry, Mr. Haass, the fault rests with China and China alone.