The leaked files, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Hubei province — where the novel coronavirus was first detected late last year — show evidence of clear missteps and point to a pattern of institutional failings, Nick Paton Walsh reports.
China has steadfastly rejected accusations made by the US and other Western governments that it deliberately concealed information relating to the virus, maintaining that it has been upfront since the beginning of the outbreak. However, though the documents provide no evidence of a deliberate attempt to obfuscate findings, they do reveal numerous inconsistencies in what authorities believed to be happening and what was revealed to the public.
China’s government and health officials did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q: When can I get a coronavirus vaccine?
A: In the US, federal government officials are promising coronavirus vaccines soon — some even before Christmas — and states are gearing up to begin vaccinating Americans sometime in December. But those doses will probably be reserved for health care workers, while the rest of the population is going to have to wait for months.
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ON OUR RADAR
- More people passed through US airport security checkpoints on Sunday than on any other single day since the pandemic cratered air travel.
- An NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers has been delayed for a third time as the Ravens struggle to manage a Covid-19 outbreak.
- A doctor in Texas, pictured cradling a distraught Covid-19 patient, has pleaded with the public to help halt the outbreak after he worked nonstop for 256 days.
- Denmark will dig up thousands of dead mink that were culled to prevent spread of Covid-19, after their bodies emerged from mass graves. It is believed the gas used to kill them caused the carcasses to swell and resurface, prompting Danish media to dub them “zombie mink.”
- Hosts of Radio Indígena were among the first who could explain the virus to indigenous Mexican farmworkers in US, thanks to their ability to switch between Spanish, Mixteco and other indigenous languages.
- ‘Pandemic’ is, unsurprisingly, the Word of the Year for Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com. It informed top searches on both sites and reshaped the language we use daily, both companies said.
- Celebrity chef David Chang won $1 million on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” He’s giving it all to restaurant workers impacted by the outbreak.
“People live off check after check after check. Now I’m living boxes after boxes after boxes.” — Rose Rodriguez, whose family relies on the South Los Angeles Salvation Army center.